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Video Picks for Community Planning
Little pink house
Publication Date: 2018
Susette Kelo, a small-town nurse, develops as the hesitant leader of her working-class neighbors in their fight to save their homes from political and corporate entities intent on taking the land and handing it over to Pfizer Corporation. Her battle goes all the way to the US Supreme Court and the controversial decision gave government officials the power to destroy a neighborhood for the benefit of a multibillion-dollar corporation.
Racing to Zero
Publication Date: 2014
Follows the collective zero waste efforts of San Francisco, which is successfully taking the necessary steps: increased recycling, creative repurposing, composting to recycle organics back into the earth, and changing patterns of production and consumption. Diminishing non-recyclables have already radically reduced the amount of garbage that is sent to the city's landfills. In fact, San Francisco leads the nation by keeping 78% of its garbage out of landfills.
Publication Date: 2013
Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century: the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now, the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution.
The human scale
Publication Date: 2012
50% of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. This documentary film meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning.
Publication Date: 2011
The final documentary in Hustwit's design trilogy. Focuses on the design of cities, and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers. Exploration of a diverse range of urban design projects in dozens of cities around the world frames a global discussion on the future of cities.
Portland : quest for the livable city
Publication Date: 2009
Chronicles the complex challenges of becoming a more sustainable metropolis and shows the difficulties of planning in the 21st century as cities confront issues of economic development, gentrification, local food and farming, property rights, preservation, and civic participation.
A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil
Publication Date: 2007
This documentary aims at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. It focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world.
Designing Healthy Communities
Publication Date: 2012
"A public television multiple-media project providing a provocative and challenging view of the impact the built environment has on our public health -- how we live, where we live, and what we must change to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities."--Container.
Contested Streets: Breaking the New York City Gridlock
Publication Date: 2006
Contested Streets explores the history and culture of New York City streets from pre-automobile time to the present. This examination allows for an understanding of how the city - though the most well served by mass transit in the United Streets - has slowly relinquished what was a rich, multi-dimensional conception of the street as public space to a mindset that prioritizes the rapid movement of cars and trucks over all other functions. Central to the story is a comparison of New York to what is experienced in London, Paris and Copenhagen. Interviews and footage shot in these cities showcase how limiting automobile use in recent years has improved air quality, minimized noise pollution and enriched commercial, recreational and community interaction. London's congestion pricing scheme, Paris' BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) and Copenhagen's bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure are all examined in depth. New York City, though to many the most vibrant and dynamic city on Earth, still has lessons to learn from Old Europe.
Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City
Publication Date: 2006
A provocative new documentary film study of Cleveland, Ohio--once America's fifth largest city, and today a metropolitan area struggling to reverse the cumulative effects of decline.
Make no little plans: Daniel Burnham and the American city
Publication Date: 2010
"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work."
— Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912)
This film explores the life and legacy of Daniel Hudson Burnham and how his vision to organize the chaos of 19th history America shaped the nation's towns and cities for generations.
Publication Date: 2007
"Of all the protesting voices and hundreds of thousands of words in opposition to the proposed Atlantic Yards development, nothing is as convincing as Isabel Hill's excellent film." -Stuart Pertz, FAIA, former member of the NYC Planning Commission
Livable landscapes by chance or by choice? by
"Livable landscapes explores the connection between landscape and community in northern New England, focusing on how growth and sprawl affect quality of life. By examining the history of land use and the changes that have hit working forests, farms, village centers and urban downtowns, the video looks at how communities have tried to preserve the qualities that make them unique." -WorldCat
Paris in the 19th century: the invention of a modern city
"The look and feel of Paris can be traced to planner Baron Haussmann's overhaul of the city in the 1860s. The city had been essentially unchanged for centuries, and increased congestion made change a necessity. Haussmann oversaw a "renovation" that would turn Paris into the first large, modern city: one marked by iconic wide boulevards and distinctive streetscapes. But modern Paris continues to co-exist with elements of the more anarchic medieval city, as well as with areas that still betray their suburban roots. This leisurely paced documentary follows noted architectural historian François Loyer - an expert on 19th-century Paris, on a tour of the city..." -Icarus Films