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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

  • Beijing Besieged by Waste - Wang Jiu-liang travels to more than 500 landfills, documenting Beijing's unholy cycle of consumption.

  • D

  • Disorder - Footage from a dozen amateur videographers becomes a symphony of urban social dysfunction in China.

  • 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.

  • Dreams Rewired

    Dreams Rewired - Tilda Swinton's narration and a treasure trove of rare archival footage trace the origins of today's hyper-connected world.

  • E

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

  • F

  • The Forgotten Space - Allan Sekula and Noel Burch investigate maritime trade, the global supply chain and 21st-century capitalism.

  • Forgotten World - Discover a historic maze of stone circles, terraces and engravings that offer archaelogists new insight into South Africa's past.

  • From Courtyard House to Block Apartment

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

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

  • G

  • 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.

  • H

  • H2Omx - Can a mega-city mobilize its 22 million citizens to become water-sustainable?

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  • The Iron Ministry

    The Iron Ministry - Filmed over three years on what will soon be the world's largest railway network, traces the vast interiors of China on the move.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • M

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

  • Magnitogorsk - The fortunes of three generations living in the shadow of Russia's most breathtaking industrial project of the 1930s. The film was inspired by Joris Ivens'Song of the Heroes. (from the January, 1998 Catalog Supplement)

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

  • Meishi Street

    Meishi Street - Ordinary citizens take a stand against the planned destruction of their homes to make way forthe 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  • N

  • No Loans Today - Fringe banking in redlined, post-riot South Central Los Angeles.

  • Nostalgia - Acclaimed filmmaker Shu Haolun explores the culture and history of his Shanghai neighborhood upon its impending destruction.

  • P

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

  • Paris, 19th Century

    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.

  • R

  • Red Hook Justice -

    Profiles an innovative court in a Brooklyn neighborhood plagued by poverty and crime that is at the center of a legal revolution - the community justice movement.

  • 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.

  • S

  • San Yuan Li - Armed with video cameras, twelve artists present a highly stylized portrait of SAN YUAN LI, a traditional village besieged by China's urban sprawl.

  • Shigeru Ban

    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 - 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.

  • Street Life - The hidden lives of homeless migrants who survive in the shadows of one of Shanghai's most affluent and historic streets.

  • T

  • Taking Back Detroit - In the '70s and early '80s Detroit was the site of an unusual development in U.S. urban politics, as voters elected two socialists to citywide office. The film examines these people against the backdrop of a city in extreme economic crisis.

  • Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet

    Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet - The 1970s fiscal crises in New York and Cleveland.

  • To Be Seen - A lively study of visual culture, and an exploration of an age-old urban cultural phenomenon, street art. What is art's role in the context of public space and urban culture?

  • 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.

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