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Urban and Regional Planning: A Research Guide: Films and Videos

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This episode of the PBS Series e2 looks at the amount of construction debris and waste generated by Boston’s “Big Dig” project. Engineer Paul Pedini decided to build a house from recycled Big Dig waste.

Films Available from the Libraries

The following list gives some of the videos available from the University Libraries that are related to Planning.  To find more videos, use the online catalog, linked to the left.  Limit your search to Advanced Search, Video/Film to retrieve only video results. 

Unless otherwise noted, these items are DVDs and are located at the Circulation Desk of the University Library:

What Do You Tear Down Next?  George Stoney, director, 2008, originally issued in 1964.  This film examines resulting conflict from redeveloping communities, focusing on Albany, Schenectady, and Troy.  Originally issued as a documentary in 1964, as part of the series Metropolis: Creator or Destroyer?, shown on National Education Television. [HT 177 T75 W483V 1964A]

Green Building and Design, director, Andrea Campbell, 2008. Survey of trends in more earth-friendly building. Individuals profiled include architect William McDonough, Leslie Hoffman, executive director of Earth Pledge,  EPA Energy Star program director Kathleen Hogan and Time magazine's "Hero for the Planet," Dr. John Todd. This video is found in the SCIENCE Library media collection [TH 880 G74V 2005A]

Brooklyn Matters: A Film, by Isabel Hill, 2007."Exposes how, in one community, powerful real estate interests and politicians collaborate to circumvent local laws, seize private property through eminent domain, manipulate public participation and racial politics to push forward what could become the densest development in the United States"--Container. [HT 168 N48 H56V 2007]

Building the American Dream: Levittown, NY, writer, producer, Stewart Bird, 2005. Chronicles NY developer William Levitt’s creation of inexpensive housing for returning WW II veterans in Levittown and other Long Island communities, the forerunner of modern suburban tract housing. [HT 168 L48 B83V 2005]

Creating Traditional Neighborhoods with Conservation Design Principles: The Greener Aspects of New Urbanism, presented by Randall Arendt. Promotes the building of dense neighborhoods around greenbelts.  Videocassette [University Library lower level NA 9051 C74V 2003]

Sustainable Urban Living: A South American Case Study, produced by Peter Beeh, 2003. Curitiba, Brazil. This documentary about Curitiba, Brazil,  looks at waste management,  urban parks, an integrated transportation system, a social network for low income workers and the establishment of a city mall.  [HT 169 B72 S87V 2003] 

Jane Jacobs: Urban Wisdom, produced and directed by Don Alexander, 2003. Jacobs discusses the evolution of her ideas on urban planning.  [HT 166 J26V 2003]

Housing America: Demographics and Development, Ray Suarez, 2003.  Looks at the effect of urban sprawl on the city of Atlanta, the need for affordable housing in Burlington, VT, urban renewal projects in the old neighborhoods of Philadelphia, and an experimental co-housing project in Virginia.  Videocassette [University Library lower level HD 7293 H284V 2003]

Building the Future, produced by London TV Service, 2002. Examines progress in the green technology revolution to create the sustainable city of the future.  [HT 241 B85V 2002]

Livable Landscapes: By Chance or by Choice?  produced, directed and written by Melissa Paly, 2002.  Looks at the effects of sprawl on five New England communities.  [HD 210 N44 L58V 2002B]

Tennessee Valley Authority, written and produced by Terry Fitzpatrick, 1997.  Rare photos and firsthand accounts about the rise of the TVA, one of the most significant public works projects in US history. Videocassette [University Library lower level HD 9685 U7 T36X 1995A]

Roger & Me, directed and produced by Michael Moore, 1989.  Moore covers the shutteringof the General Motors plant in Flint, MI, which resulted in massive local unemployment. Follows Moore's attempts to get an interview with GM CEO Roger Smith, and raises questions about the relationship between big business and the American worker. University Library Reserves [at Circulation Desk first floor PN 1995.9 C55 R64X 1989A]

Do the Right Thing, produced, written and directed by Spike Lee, 1989.  Set in a Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, this controversial fictional story looks at race-relations in America.  University Library Reserves [at Circulation Desk first floor PS 3562 E3626X D63V 1989B] and also available as part of The Spike Lee Joint Collection [PS 3562 E3626X S754V 2006]

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