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  • The Absent House

    The Absent House - Sustainable design in the tropics: Puerto Rican architect Fernando Abruna Charneco is a pioneer of locally-suited green buildings.

  • B

  • Bird's Nest - Superstar architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron must negotiate between two cultures, two architectural traditions and two political systems to build the new National Stadium for the Olympics in Beijing.

  • C

  • Constant, Avant le Depart - Filmed shortly before Constant Nieuwenhuys' death, this is an intimate glimpse into the life and work of the painter, urban theorist, and influential member of the European avant-garde.

  • Cycling the Frame - A quirky 1988 documentary in which Tilda Swinton tours the circumference of the Berlin Wall on a bicycle.

  • D

  • The Destruction of Memory

    The Destruction of Memory - Explores the intentional destruction of priceless artwork, artifacts and historical sites through war and terrorism.

  • Dreaming of a Tree House - An exploration of the design and philosophy behind a 20 year-old experimental, ecological collective housing project in the center of Berlin.

  • E

  • Eileen Gray - The reknowned designer and architect Eileen Gray was always ahead of her time; thirty years after her death she is still considered the very essence of the Modern.

  • Electric Signs - Explores the effects of new screen-based advertising sign systems on urban environments and public space.

  • Elena

    Elena - Follows several residents in the "Elena" building, located in Central Havana, over a three-year period.

  • F

  • From Courtyard House to Block Apartment - Examines the impact of rapid industrialization on traditional Chinese housing styles and ways of living.

  • Future of Mud - This is the story of Komusa Tenapo, master mason and heir to the secrets of Djenne architecture, the traditional use of mud in Malian buildings.

  • Futures Market - A visual essay on cultural memory, urban space, and real estate speculation.

  • G

  • Grand Paris

    Grand Paris - French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to turn Paris into the model super-metropolis for the 21st century, and plenty of world-class architects would like the job.

  • Great Expectations - A journey through the history of visionary architecture, a survey of the most significant architectural movements of the 20th century that challenged conventional concepts.

  • H

  • Homo Sapiens - Abandoned landscapes of urban decay portend an ominous future in this wordless documentary.

  • I

  • In the Mind of the Architect - From Modernist ideas through the eccentricities of Postmodernism, this 3-part series is an investigation into the eclectic world of architects and their creations.

  • K

  • Kochuu - A visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in Japanese tradition, and their relationships to modernist Scandinavian design. With two Pritzker Prize winners, Tadao Ando and Sverre Fehn.

  • L

  • Lagos / Koolhaas - Renowned architect Rem Koolhaas and students from The Harvard Project on the City explore Lagos, Nigeria, interpreting the chaotic city in an innovative, surprising way.

  • Le Joli Mai - Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's legendary portrait of Paris and Parisians at the close of the Algerian war.

  • Little By Little - Jean Rouch brings his Nigerien collaborators to France to perform a reverse ethnography of late-1960s Parisian life.

  • Living Memory

    Living Memory - About Mali's ancient culture, and this culture's position in the country today. Exposes tensions in a society assailed by modernization, Islam and global tourism, yet confident that it will maintain its own distinctive character.

  • Living With The Past - Cairo is one of the few medieval cities in the world that remains relatively intact. This a portrait of Darb al-Ahmar, a neighborhood in the old city now facing a process of radical change.

  • Lost Rivers - Explore the growing movement and innovative projects around the world to uncover once-buried urban waterways.

  • Luckey - A highly engrossing family drama about a successful artist who must cope with his sudden paralysis following an accident.




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  • Madrid

    Madrid - Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's new film, an intimate and sentimental visit to the Spanish capital.

  • Malls R Us - From impressive architectural projects to economic, environmental and social concerns, everything about shopping malls, and more.

  • Mille Gilles - The thought and ideas of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and his impact on creative work and communities around the world.

    O

  • Outerborough - A trolley traveling over the Brooklyn Bridge in 1899 helped create the footage underlying Bill Morrison's neo-travelogue. Music by Todd Reynolds.

  • P

  • Paris Ring

    Paris Ring - The story of the road round Paris, the most significant 'redevelopment' project in Paris since Haussmann's time.

  • Paris, 19th Century - Architectural historian Francois Loyer, an expert on 19th-century Paris, examines the foundation of the modern city in Georges-Eugene Haussmann's massive "renovation" of the 1860s.

  • Picasso and Sima, Antibes 1946 - In 1946, Pablo Picasso asked fellow artist Michel Sima to document Picasso's artwork-in-progress.

  • R

  • Raw Beauty - Explores the immense influence of artists deemed to have psychological illnesses on 20th-century art history.

  • Regular or Super

    Regular or Super - A lovely introduction to Mies van der Rohe, one of the 20th century's most influential architects, and a stimulating examination of modernism and urban environments.

  • Renzo Piano - An intimate working portrait of the world-renowned, non-conformist architect, designer of the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Menil Collection museum in Houston and the Kansai airport in Japan.

  • S

  • Santiago Calatrava's Travels - A fascinating portrait of world famous artist, engineer, architect and urban studies scholar Santiago Calatrava, and an interdisciplinary reflection on the perception and impact of architecture.

  • Shigeru Ban - A profile of the Japanese architect noted for his use of inexpensive construction materials, such as cardboard tubes, used in prefab housing adopted by the UN High Commission for Refugees.

  • Sotsgorod: Cities For Utopia

    Sotsgorod: Cities For Utopia - Uncovers the secret history of Western architects who moved to the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 30s, to design the huge new industrial cities being built across Siberia and the steppes.

  • U

  • Under Construction - In Santiago, Chile, a neighbor lives through the demolition of the house next door and the construction of a large building in the same place, over a two-year period.

  • W

  • Waste = Food - Based on the theories of William McDonough and Michael Braungart, major corporations embrace environmentally sustainable architecture and production in an ecologically-inspired industrial revolution.

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