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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…
Burden of Dreams
For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete one of the most ambitious and difficult films of his career, Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
Louis Kahn - Silence and Light
With the participation of William Jordy, Jonas Salk, Aldo Rossi, Arata Isozaki, Tadao Ando, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott-Brown, Brendan Gill, and others. Narration by Kenneth Frampton. As an architect, educator, and philosopher, Louis Kahn played a prominent role in the…
Antonio Gaudi
Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926) designed some of the world's most astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks; Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara constructed some of the most aesthetically audacious films ever made. Here their artistry melds in a unique, enthralling cinematic experience.…
Bauhaus in America - Design, Politics and Human Nature in the 20th Century
A true story about architecture, design, politics and human nature in the 20th century. Germany, 1919: a group of young people meet in a small town on the cutting edge of a worldwide revolution in art, politics, design and architecture.…
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
In 1935, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a country house for the Kaufmann family over a small stream in Western Pennsylvania. He named it Fallingwater. It remains one of Wright's most acclaimed buildings. Fallingwater, perhaps more than any other building, exemplifies…
Deconstructivist Architects
At the end of the 1980's a new architectural sensibility challenged the prevailing post-Modern attitude. This film documents explosive and seemingly chaotic structures from Vienna to L.A., and interviews those who pursue its aesthetic issues. Filmed on location with the…
Great Cathedral Mystery
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
The dome that crowns Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore--the Duomo--is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth after more than six centuries, it is taller…
J.B. Jackson and the American Landscape
This comprehensive compilation highlights the work and personality of John Brinckerhoff (J.B.) Jackson, considered by many to be the originator of landscape studies in the United States. Clip #1: "Figure in a Landscape: A Conversation with J.B. Jackson" - Clip…
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Third Ward TX
THIRD WARD TX - a documentary about community, art, and real estate How do we bring back a once thriving community--one with a vibrant African American history and culture? What was good and positive and sustaining for the people who…
10 Buildings That Changed America
PBS
10 Buildings That Changed America tells the stories of ten influential works of architecture, the people who imagined them, and the way these landmarks ushered in innovative cultural shifts throughout our society. From American architectural stalwarts like Louis Sullivan and…
Frank Lloyd Wright: Part I
Part of the Series: Ken Burns' American Lives
PBS
Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career,…
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…
16 Acres - The Rebuilding of Ground Zero
The rebuilding of Ground Zero is the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex construction project in recent American history. The struggle to develop these 16 acres of 'sacred' land has encompassed 12 years, 19 government agencies, and over $20 billion.…
Secrets of The Parthenon
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
For 25 centuries the Parthenon has been shot at, set on fire, rocked by earthquakes, looted for its sculptures, almost destroyed by explosion, and disfigured by well-meaning renovations. It has gone from temple, to church, to mosque, to munitions dump.…
Tiny: A Story About Living Small
After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it's time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the…