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Landscape Architecture & the Environment

Walls of Stone.

American colonists built stone walls throughout America: stone walls enclosed fields; drystone mills and dams lined the streams; stone dwellings, spring and ice houses, bridges and retaining walls were commonplace. This documentary demostrates how to repair and build drystone walls and rock fences to retain historic structures and preserve beautiful landscapes. 1996. 38 min.

Water More Precious Than Oil.

Examines the use and abuse of water around the world. Shows how water resources must be managed on small, as well as large, scales and shows the consequences for those who are unwilling or unable to manage their water resources. 1981. 60 min.


Experts and State officials debating the question of building more dams, reservoirs and canals now, in order to meet California's water needs in the future. 1983.

Wetlands Mitigation

Highlights four master planned community developments which were designed with the impact on wetlands as a consideration. Either existing or newly created wetlands were incorporated into the development plans. 1994. 21 min.

Wild California.

Introduces the most important land and sea habitats of California. Discusses biological communities, ecosystems, and animal adaptations. 1988. 36 min.

Women in the Dirt: Landscape Architects Shaping Our World

Seven award-winning California landscape architects are interviewed and their works discussed. Topics include both natural and planned environments; urban, suburban, and rural design; and, private and public projects. The role of women in the profession, global responsibilities, and social issues are also examined. Interviewees include: Cheryl Barton, Andrea Cochran, Isabelle Greene, Mia Lehrer, Lauren Melendrez, Pamela Palmer, Katherine Spitz. A film by Carolann Stoney. 2011. 73 min.

Xochimilco: Floating Gardens.

The people of the Valley of Mexico have long used artificial islands in their lake to meet agricultural needs and to escape urban congestion. Presents a visit to the canals and gardens of Xochimilco near Mexico City, one of the original breadbaskets of the Americas and once the agricultural hub of Tenochtitlan, a metropolis of 235,000 inhabitants. In the Aztec's Nahuatl language the name Xochimilco means "garden of flowers." 2004. 17 min.

Yosemite, 1890-1990: The First 100 Years.

A historic and scenic overview of the glories of Yosemite National Park. Contents: The early years--John Muir--Creation of Yosemite National Park--Distant beginnings--The glory of nature: Four seasons, Waterfalls, Giant Sequoias, Wildlife--Yosemite Park and Curry Co.--The new century--Ahwahnee Hotel--Wawona Hotel--Tuolumne Meadows--Hetch Hetchy--Yosemite and the imagination. 1988. 60 min.

Yosemite: The Fate Of Heaven

Traces the conquest of the Yosemite wilderness in 1851 and examines the sharp contrast to the Yosemite of today, a national park attracting more than 3 million visitors yearly and producing 25,000 pounds of garbage daily. Emphasis is on the impact of man on Yosemite and the conflict between preserving the area and providing access to the public. 1989. 58 min.

[Brown, Capability ]Capability Brown.

Documentary tour of some historic estates designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown, the most fashionable English landscape architect of the 18th century. 1984.