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Architecture and Urban Planning

Architecture and Urban Planning


By Charles Jencks

American-born Charles Jencks is a landscape architect, theorist and critic best known for his Garden of Cosmic Speculation, near Dumfries, Scotland, and his writings on post-modernism. He has designed landscapes projects around the world, including Parco Portello in Milan, Northumberlandia near Newcastle, England and Wu Chi at the Olympic Forest Park in Beijing. Jencks is also co-founder of the Maggie's Centres - a series of cancer care centres designed By leading modern architects, named in honour of his late wife Maggie Keswick. In this talk, Jencks discusses his recent project Holding the Eco-line, a landscape design for the Suncheon Bay expo in 2013. He explains the development of the design and his Korean hosts' reaction to it, as well as the importance of symbolism in his work, and his latest creation the Crawick Multiverse, inspired By cutting edge theories of the origin of the universe.

DVD / 2015 / () / 39 minutes

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By Keith Bradley

Keith Bradley is senior partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio, based in Bath, UK. Bradley led FCBS's best known work, the Stirling Prize-winning Accordia Housing Project in Cambridge. He's also worked on major urban regeneration schemes, public museums, galleries and academic buildings. In this talk, Bradley explores FCBS's Manchester School of Art extension building, completed in April 2013. He discusses the evolution of the design, which includes a vertical gallery space where students can showcase their work, an interactive hybrid studio intended to foster creative collaboration between students from different disciplines and triple height columns with a relief cast decorative detail inspired By the textiles of Lewis Day, who taught at the school a century ago. Manchester School of Art was shortlisted for the 2014 Stirling Prize.

CD-ROM (Win) / 2014 / () /

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Directed by Andreas M. Dalsgaard

Influential Danish architect Jan Gehl argues that we can build cities in a way which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

50% of the world's population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it will be 80%. Cities have become the primary human habitat. According to revolutionary Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, if we are to make cities sustainable and livable for people we must re-imagine the very foundations of modern urban planning. Rather than examining buildings and urban structures themselves, Gehl and his team meticulously study the in-between spaces of urban life, the places where people meet, interact, live, and behave.

How do the spaces that surround us enhance or disturb our interactions with others? How can we make our streets more accessible by foot or bike? Through his world acclaimed work, Gehl has been leading a revolution in urban planning that has been transforming cities worldwide. From the expanded pedestrian spaces in New York's Union Square, to Copenhagen's famed bike lanes, to the rebuilding of earthquake devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, Gehl's team bring real solutions that promise a more humanistic dimension to cities where people are not displaced by congested streets, skyscrapers, and the car-centric urbanism of the 1960s and '70s.

Stunningly photographed, THE HUMAN SCALE travels around the world to explore how Gehl and other like minded designers, city planners, and urban activists have begun to transform such cities as as New York, Beijing, Christchurch, and London.

~ Green Cross Award, Planete Doc, Poland
~ Child & Family Award, Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival
~ Best Feature Documentary, Kinookus Film Festival, Croatia
~ Youth Award, Bergen International Film Festival

DVD / 2012 / (Grades 8-12, College, Adult) / 77 minutes

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By Stephen R. Kellert and Bill Finnegan

A design revolution that connects buildings to the natural world, buildings where people feel and perform better.

Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature.

The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development.

Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world's most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. Together, we will encounter buildings that connect people and nature--hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children's test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive.

Featured are communities and buildings from Scandinavia, Germany, France and Britain to the Canadian and American northwest, American southwest, and New England. They include: California Academy of Sciences, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Fallingwater, Viaduc des Arts, Google/YouTube Headquarters, Sahlgrenska Hospital (Psychiatric Department), High Point (Seattle Housing Authority), Johnson Wax Building, Sidwell Friends Middle School, Oxford Museum of Natural History, Village Homes (Davis, CA), and Kroon Hall (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies).

Amongst those interviewed are: Edward O. Wilson, Bill McDonough, Judi Heerwagen, Jason McLennan, Tim Beatley, Bill Browning, Bert Gregory, Kent Bloomer, Claire Cooper Marcus, Michael Taylor, David Orr, Gus Speth, and Richard Louv.

Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.

DVD / 2011 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 62 minutes

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By Jan Gehl

The video is of a lecture given at the New London galleries in the Building Centre by the Danish architect and city planner Jan Gehl, whose career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist.

Lord Rogers, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners provides an introduction.

For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world, including Copenhagen, Melbourne, Sydney and - most recently - New York, with his approach to creating cities for people.

Jan Gehl discusses why looking after people is crucial for the quality of cities in the 21st century, how this can be accomplished and how this has been achieved in more and more projects and cities. The lecture covers the changes in city planning from the 1960s until today, where people - after decades of neglect - have once been again elevated to be a main feature in architecture, urban design and urban planning.

The event marked the UK launch of Jan Gehl's new book Cities for People.

DVD / 2011 / () / 35 minutes

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By Michael Sorkin

Michael Sorkin is the founder of Sorkin Studio based in New York City. His recent projects include the planning and design of an environmentally sensitive 5000-unit community in Penang, Malaysia, masterplans for sites in Hamburg and Leipzig as well as a plan for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem. Architecture critic for the Village Voice for ten years, he is currently a contributing editor to Architectural Record and author of numerous books including Variations on a Theme Park, Exquisite Corpse and Indefensible Space.

In this talk he discusses his latest book Twenty Minutes in Manhattan -- a personal reflection on fifteen years of social and physical change in his home city íV how cities might change in the future and his speculative environmental design work through his non-profit Terreform.

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By Peter Eisenman

Peter Eisenman, architect, urban planner and author, is principle of Eisenman Architects. In 2005, he completed the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Berlin and is currently building the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. As well known for his theoretical work as his built projects, he was a member of the New York Five and exponent of Deconstructivism. He is the Louis I. Kahn visiting professor of architecture at Yale. In this talk, Eisenman explores his current preoccupations. He discusses the impact of the current media culture on architecture and architects; society's declining engagement with the built environment as a result of new communication technologies such as texting and Twitter; the significance of Barack Obama's appointment as America's 44th President; and the importance of writing in the practice of architecture.

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Directed by Kenton Vaughan

David Suzuki and daughter Sarika travel to Europe to visit inspiring people and projects that give hope for a sustainable future.

For the past 30 years, geneticist and science broadcaster, David Suzuki, host of CBC's "The Nature of Things," has been warning television audiences around the world about the dangers of taking nature for granted. He has urged us to change our consumer lifestyles, and to put brakes on an economic system that values unlimited growth above all other considerations.

THE SUZUKI DIARIES takes a different path. It follows Suzuki and his youngest daughter, Sarika, as they travel to Europe to explore what a sustainable future might look like, and to see if two different generations can find reason for hope.

As they travel through Germany, Denmark, France and Spain, father and daughter begin to see what is possible as they meet the people who are working towards restoring the equilibrium between human needs and planetary limits.

Amongst the projects the people and projects they feature are: in Germany, Hermann Scheer, politician and author of the innovative and influential feed-in tariffs that created vibrant renewable energy industry; Berlin's photovoltaic-powered central railroad station; the newly renovated Reichstag Building; and Studio 7.5 which designed the fully recyclable Mirra chair.

In Denmark, they visit Preben Maegaard, president of World Wind Energy Association. Denmark leads the world in the proportion of energy use that comes from wind. They also look at Copenhagen's traffic where 40% of the population bicycles to work or school.

In France they tour the farm of Nicholas Joly, a banker turned organic farmer who is producing biodynamic wine.

And in Spain, they check out a major concentrating solar power project by Abengoa Solar and the new high-speed rail network, where 190-mph trains will hopefully make carbon-intensive air travel between the major cities obsolete.

~ Chris Award, Columbus International Film and Video Festival

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2009 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 45 minutes

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A moving and complex essay on a unique landscape of the American West, the area around the Hanford Site in Washington State.

Arid Lands is a documentary feature about the land and people of the Columbia Basin in southeastern Washington state. Sixty years ago, the Hanford nuclear site produced plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, and today the area is the focus of the largest environmental cleanup in history. It is a landscape of incredible contradictions: coyotes roam among decommissioned nuclear reactors, salmon spawn in the middle of golf courses, wine grapes grow in the sagebrush, and federal cleanup dollars spur rapid urban expansion.

Arid Lands takes us into a world of sports fishermen, tattoo artists, housing developers, ecologists, and radiation scientists living and working in the area. It tells the story of how people changed the landscape over time, and how the landscape affected their lives. Marked by conflicting perceptions of wilderness and nature, Arid Lands is a moving and complex essay on a unique landscape of the American West.

~ CINE Golden Eagle
~ Audience Choice Award, Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
~ Best Documentary, Ellensburg Film Festival
~ Audience Award for Best Documentary, Sweet Onion Film Festival
~ Best Independent Film and Focus Award, Montana CINE
~ Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
~ Best Environmental Film, Seattle True Independent Film Festival
~ Special Jury Award, Eckerd College Environmental Film Festival
~ "Best of Fest", Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
~ Best Environmental Film, Plymouth Independent Film Festival

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2007 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 98 minutes

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Directed by Harry Wiland

Is it possible that the City of the Angels can tell a story to the world about environmental rebirth?

LA made smog and pollution into household words. No longer. Its citizens have said enough. TreePeople, founded by Andy Lipkis, is leading the campaign to plant one million trees in the next decade. Friends of the LA River and the Rivers & Mountains Conservancy are reclaiming the Los Angeles River. They are determined to see the return of steelhead salmon in their lifetimes.

To everyone's surprise, Los Angeles is discovering mass transit. Darrell Clarke, Executive Director of Friends of the Expo Line has spent 17 years finally convincing the city to begin building the first east-west light rail-line in Los Angeles in 50 years.

Girls Today Women Tomorrow mentors the girls of Boyle Heights, teaching them about nutrition, exercise, and their Latina culture. The community-based program also provides college scholarships in a neighborhood where the drop-out rate is close to 50%.

Los Angeles is even planning a 26-acre downtown park thanks to the philanthropic generosity and vision of Eli Broad. Other green projects are being promoted by its 24/7 Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, who understands that environmental justice, public health and quality-of-life go together in order to dream a different city.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned, With 45 Pages Teachers' Guide) / 2007 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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Directed by Harry Wiland

Recognizing that the human community is growing faster than the aging infrastructure, the city of Seattle created an Office of Sustainability and Environment.

Seattle is synonymous with environmental awareness. Some have called it the city of the future. It leads the nation in the search for alternate fuels (Seattle Biodiesel) and was one of the first locations to create community-based biodiesel distribution co-ops.

The High- Point mixed-use housing development is the first planned sustainable neighborhood in a major American city. It garners visitors from around the world. High- Point has even restored streams that are critical to the region's salmon migration.

Salmon is an indicator species for the North West and it is an integral part of our story. We follow the plight of this remarkable species from the releasing of eggs into Lake Washington by schoolchildren, to a trip into Elliot Bay with an enlightened fisherman and, finally, with a visit to native American commercial fisheries that adhere to sustainable practices.

Also related to water, there is a heated debate on how to provide access to Seattle's remarkable shoreline. Will its aging Viaduct Highway be torn down and replaced with a tunnel? The issue is still being discussed.

Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, a citizen movement fails. Such a cautionary tale describes our final story, the 10-year battle to fund and build the citizen-inspired Monorail.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned, With 45 Pages Teachers' Guide) / 2007 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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By Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano has designed two very different towers for two different locations - the orthogonal New York Times building in Manhattan, and The Shard, a pyramidal structure planned for the South Bank in London. In this talk he describes why the two buildings turned out to be so different from each other, the influences of context and the differences in the planning systems of the two cities.

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Faced with severe budget limitations, Philadelphia's rebirth is being brought about by a network of community-based volunteer organizations.

Philadelphia is a historic city responding to many challenges, including suburban development, that threaten to decimate the core city. Faced with severe budget limitations (a universal reality), it created a vast network of community-based volunteer organizations who have brought about rebirth through volunteerism and community outreach. Some of those organizations include The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, The New Kensington Community Development Corporation and The Philadelphia Water Department.

City government hasn't been sitting still, either. Mayor John F. Street created the Neighborhood Transition Initiative (NTI) program as part of a coordinated plan to save the city from the impact of "moving up and moving out." NTI was assigned to come up with practicable and affordable solutions to remove blight, promote quality restoration, stimulate investment in new housing, and improve how the city delivers services to its businesses and residents. The challenge is to make neighborhoods more attractive so families will stay and become stakeholders.

Philadelphia has many tales to tell about how it is dealing with challenges being felt around the planet: creation of a sustainable society, economy, and ecosystem in a thriving urban environment.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned, With 45 pages teachers' guide) / 2006 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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To people driving past the old Holiday Drive-In Theater site in Boulder, Colorado, it might seem like a new neighborhood has sprung out of the ground overnight. But those who worked on the project's development know better. Collectively, hundreds of thousands of decisions and choices were made to create the 330-home neighborhood, where affordability and sustainability are primary goals. It wasn't exactly a simple mission.

In DESIGNING A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD, director David Wann follows the progress of the Wild Sage Cohousing Community project, where future residents participate in the design of their own neighborhood. The stated architectural goal at the Wild Sage site in Boulder is a "zero emissions" neighborhood in which solar energy, energy efficiency, and changes in behavior eliminate the need for fossil fuels.

The master site developer, The Boulder Housing Partners (BHP), has a vision for creating affordable neighborhoods that are also lively, efficient and pedestrian friendly. More than 400 people with low and middle incomes will live at Holiday, many as first-time homeowners.

DVD (Color) / 2004 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 54 minutes

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By Andrew Whalley (Grimshaw & Partners)

The Eden Project is an ongoing project in a disused quarry in Cornwall, where the largest plant enclosure in the world has been erected. The principal structures on the site are a sequence of great transparent domes or biomes - providing two climatic zones, humid-tropical and warm-temperate; a building linking them and a hilltop visitor centre; all designed by Nicholas Grimshaw& Partners His partner Andrew Whalley, who is in charge of the project, describes the development of this remarkable and beautiful scheme. Since this recording a third biome is being added, to house the desert environment.

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By Derek Walker

Derek Walker, after six years as Chief Architect and Planner in Britain's Milton Keynes New Town, is now in private practice designing buildings in the UK, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. He blames current attitudes to land-use planning for the "sterility, blandness and lack of variety" in recent city developments, and would like to see instead what he calls a circular three-dimensional process with an urban designer in charge of it.

He confesses to preoccupations with the manipulation of major landscapes, as well as a continuing love-affair with detail. In his recorded talk he illustrates examples of his work, from early buildings in the north of England to a recent building design in New York in conjunction with Norman Foster; and some imaginative building projects for Milton Keynes, done as a private practitioner, which include a city park, a sculpture park, a city club, and the recently completed central shopping building. This talk was recorded in 1980.

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By James Wines and Alison Sky
James Wines come from Chicago and studied art and art history at Syracuse University. From 1955 to 1968 he worked as a sculptor and exhibited widely receiving many fellowships and grants. Alison Sky graduated in Fine Arts at Adelphi University and also received many fellowships. In 1970. Wines, Sky and Michelle Stones founded SITE, an interdisciplinary architecture and design organisation for exploring new ideas for the visual environment. SITE has always been a collaboration of Artists architects, sociologists, psychologists, whose work is therefore much oriented to information and site. As Wines says they start with information. And that information is then recycled through an art-making process, letting it be invaded By all kinds of outside ideas which totally change all context of the building. In their recorded talk, Wines and Sky illustrated their ideas with a number of their projects. Including some of the renowned Best Products buildings. They deal with different situations that seem to be typical and, By fusing them create a new relationship between ideas, a new structure

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By Louis Kahn

This rare recording By the Australian Broadcasting Corporation features the NSW Premier Jo Cahill and Jorn Utzon speaking at the launch of the Sydney Opera house appeal on 7 August 1957; and a discussion between Henry Ashworth, Professor of Architecture at University of Sydney and Chairman of the Opera House competition jury, and his fellow assessors Eero Saarinen and Sir Leslie Martin, Professor of Architecture at Cambridge University, on 29 January 1957. We are grateful to Warwick Mehaffey, Acoustics Engineer at ABC and advisor to the SOH for sourcing the recordings.

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By I.M Pei

One of the foremost architects of his generation, IM Pei's reputation rests on buildings such as the John Hancock Tower in Boston, the Mile High Centre in Denver, the Louvre in Paris and the Bank of China in Hong Kong. While he kept faith with the founding principles of the International Style, he applied them to buildings that were all his own. In this talk, part of a series conducted By the architectural publisher John Peter from the 1950s onward, Pei discusses the enduring influence of Frank Lloyd Wright, the crucial distinction between having a style and designing with style in mind, the limits to technology's influence on architecture, French hostility towards his Louvre redevelopment, and the difference between the European and American traditions: "they built Rolls Royce, we built Ford".

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By Richard Neutra

Richard Neutra is famous for adapting the International Style to Southern California with domestic projects that included the Lovell House, the von Sternberg House and the Kaufmann House. This talk, one of a series conducted By the architectural publisher John Peter, was recorded in 1955 at Neutra's own home in Los Angeles, the metal and glass Neutra Research House, an early example of the houses that made his name. Here Neutra explores the psychological and biological approach behind his work - reflective of the intellectual environment of the Vienna of his youth.

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By Philip Johnson

The late Philip Johnson, one-time partner of Mies van der Rohe, and possibly the most renowned architect of the time, was accused of turning his back on modern architecture in favour of Post-Modern. This he denied, saying 'There's absolutely no way I can get functionalism, structural clarity, simplicity, non-ornament, flat surfaces out of my system íK the whole paraphernalia of the International style'.

In his recorded talk he goes on to state that he sees no reason why Modern can't embrace some of the richness and fun he finds in the designs of Sir Edwin Lutyens or, better still, Sir Ernest George, Lutyens' first employer. He elaborates on this idea and shows how he has taken advantage of it in some of his own recent work. As a preamble he takes a look at the streets of London and also tells us what he appreciates about recent British architecture.

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By Leon Krier
Leon Krier was born in Luxembourg in 1946. He studied briefly at Stuttgart University but his basic architectural education come from his older brother Rob Krier (P8216), and his practical experience was in the offices of James Stirling in London and J.P. Kleihuis in Berlin. After 1974 he worked on his own in London and in close association with Maurice Culot (the Belgian architectural historian, teacher at La Cambre School and member of the ARAU research group). He has taught at the AA school and the Royal College of Art in London and at Princeton University and his published theories and designs have had great influence. He says that "his projects are a series of polemical statements, reflections on the specific structure of the European city and opposing the global destruction of European culture through industrialisation". Briefly, he champions the "quarter" of the limited size as the basic of urban design -- the "close-knit scene of community life and loyalties" -- as opposed to the dogma of zoning, and the treatment of buildings as solutions to individual needs regardless of their relationship to their surroundings. In his recorded talk, he outlines simple design precepts and then demonstrates their application in his proposal for the redevelopment of a part of Stockholm, an area to the south of the historical centre.

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By Walter Gropius
Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus and head of Harvard's department of architecture, was also a talented architectural innovator. His Fagus Factory with Adolf Meyer and his Bauhuas budding in Dessau were remarkable examples of the early International Style. This interview, one of a series conducted By architectural publisher John Peter, was recorded in 1955 in two parts - at Gropius's home in Lincoln, Massachusetts and at his office in Cambridge. Here he describes the origins, philosophy and enduring influence of the Bauhaus, discusses the importance of helping students to find their own way, and predicts a slow but steady move towards pre-fabrication.

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By Eero Saarinen
Eero Saarinen died just aged 51 at the height of his creative powers. His career was jumpstarted early with the General Motors Technical centre, lauded as the industrial Versaille. He went on to design an array of distinctly different buildings - including the Gateway Arch in St Louis and the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport, New York - each reflecting the philosophy he shared with Corbusier that every building has within it its own solution. This talk, one of a series conducted By the architectural publisher John Peter, was recorded in 1956 at Saarinen's remodelled Victorian house in Bloomfield, Michigan. Here he discusses the three great Modernist influences: Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Mies Van der Rohe; the rise of the automobile and the resulting atomisation of the city; and the great body of advice and wisdom passed on to him from his father, not least that architecture must be approached as an art.

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