urbanism documentariesby j_ranse | created - 28 Nov 2013 | updated - 28 Nov 2013 | Public
Cities living is the future of the human race. Done well, cities can be the most efficient means of delivering high quality of life. Done poorly, cities can result in significant social, economic and environmental problems. These documentaries cover issues relating to global urbanization.
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1. The Human Scale (2012)
83 min | Documentary, News
Half of the human population lives in urban areas. By 2050, this will increase to 80%. Life in a megacity is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, ... See full summary »
2. Urbanized (2011)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary
A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, War
The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil, when the automobile became the center of the way people ... See full summary »
4. Escape from Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream (2007 Video)
Gregory Greene address the coming energy crisis caused by peak oil. He outlines potential solutions with interviews with individuals from across the continent who were brave enough to challenge their communities toward change.
6. Sprawling from Grace (2008)
82 min | Documentary
With more than 250 million cars and trucks on the road and the demand for oil out pacing the Earth's ability to supply it, have we now become slaves to this unsustainable freedom?
7. A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil (2006 Video)
Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary
There is hope! This inspirational documentary shows a city where urban solutions are not just theory, but a reality. The film shows innovations in the areas of transportation, recycling, ... See full summary »
8. Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980)
58 min | Documentary
This highly influential film in architecture and planning circles by William H. Whyte analyzes the success and failures of urban spaces. Observing the natural order of spaces and the way ... See full summary »
9. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011)
Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary
Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. ... See full summary »
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10. The Secret Life of Buildings (2011– )
A look at how architecture affects the way we feel. According to Architectural historian Tom Dyckhoff, we have hard-wired desires about what we expect from the spaces we inhabit. These ... See full summary »
12. e2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious (2006– )
A six-part series about international efforts to design and build eco-friendly structures through sustainable architecture.