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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth 
It began as a housing marvel. Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, "the poor man's penthouse." Two decades later, it ended in rubble - its razing an iconic event that the…
Urbanized - The Issues and Strategies Behind Urban Design
Over half the world's population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking.The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement,…
Art House - Exploring the Homes of Artists
In his new documentary, photographer Don Freeman explores the homes designed and lived in by notable American artists, revealing the inventiveness derived from the dialogue between each artist's practice and the construction of their handmade homes. Ranging from the romantic…
From Nothing, Something - Techniques of Creative People
From Nothing, Something profiles creative thinkers across a variety of disciplines to find the common techniques, habits and neuroses that lead to breakthrough ideas. This is an inspiring, intimate, often funny look at the creative process -- straight from the…
Bauhaus - The Face of the 20th Century
"Let us create the new building of the future together; it will combine architecture, sculpture, and painting in a single form." Walter Gropius, The Bauhaus Manifesto. Staatliche Bauhaus Weimar was born in 1919. Bauhaus was an innovative art school designed…
Brasilia: Life After Design  - The Utopian Capital of Brazil
The utopian city of Brasilia is in transition more than half a century later. What is it like to live in someone else's idea? A meditation on living in one of the most planned cities on earth. Brasilia is unlike…
Louis Sullivan - The Struggle for American Architecture
Louis H. Sullivan (1856-1924) was one of the most celebrated architects to come out of the Chicago School of architecture in the late 1800s. He is often called the "father of the skyscraper" and the "prophet of modern architecture." Sullivan…
Visual Acoustics - The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics - The Modernism Of Julius Shulman celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away in 2009,…
Beijing Taxi - Transformation in China's Ancient Capital
This timely, uncensored and richly cinematic portrait of China's ancient capital captures the true nature of a city as it undergoes a profound transformation. The film takes an intimate and compelling look at the lives of three cab drivers as…
Precise Poetry: Lina Bo Bardi's Architecture - Creating Poetry Through Architectural Precision
A film about the famous Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. This cinematic journey through her most important architectural projects in Sao Paulo and Salvador da Bahia poses the question of what remains of a person in the work they leave…
Scraphouse: San Francisco
ScrapHouse was a temporary demonstration home, built entirely of salvaged material on Civic Center Plaza adjacent to San Francisco City Hall. Over the course of just six weeks, a team of volunteers scoured Bay Area dumps and scrap yards. A…
Coast Modern - Pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture
Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. Stepping inside the most inspired dwellings on the west coast, we…
In the Monument - Tracing the Evolution of Holocaust Memorialization
World renowned architect Daniel Libeskind (Jewish Museums in Berlin, Copenhagen, San Francisco), prolific scholar James E. Young (The Texture of Memory, Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust), museum designer Ralph Appelbaum (US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Canadian Museum for Human Rights), visual…
Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place - The Construction of a Mosque for an Islamic Community in Melbourne
This documentary explores the life and work of Australia's most internationally recognised Architect. The 2002 Pritzker prize winner literally put Australian architecture on the world map. The Prizker jury described him as a modernist, a naturalist, an environmentalist, an economist,…
Mid-Century Moderns - The Homes That Define Palm Springs
When Father and Son team George and Bob Alexander started building affordable architect designed homes in Palm Springs in 1955, they had no idea they would be the catalyst of what is today a city filled with modern design. This…
Philip Johnson - Diary of an Eccentric Architect
"My place in New Canaan is...a diary of an eccentric architect." Thus begins a fascinating look into the mind of one of our most creative and significant architects. Philip Johnson was always on the forefront of stylistic change, and his…
Sand Wars
Sand Wars is a surprising investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet. Due to the high demand for sand, the planet's reserves are being threatened. Three-quarters of the world's beaches are in decline and bound…
Three Great Domes: Rome to the Renaissance
Episode 13 of Understanding the World's Greatest Structures
Trace the dome's evolution from the 1st century A.D. to the Renaissance. It's a journey reflected in the increasingly sophisticated domes of three great structures: the ancient Roman Pantheon, the Byzantine-era basilica of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, and the Renaissance-era…
Rick Joy: Interludes
Rick Joy, an architect based in Tucson, Arizona, owes his reputation to his innovative residential designs, which respond gracefully to their desert environment. Joy exploits natural and passive energy-saving techniques and unusual materials, such as rammed earth and rusting steel,…
The Glory of Rome in Arches and Vaults
Episode 11 of Understanding the World's Greatest Structures
Learn why the arch is the principal structural feature of ancient Rome. Your detailed case studies range from simple bridges such as the Pont St. Martin and triumphal arches such as the Arch of Titus to massive aqueducts like the…