Urbanophilia Selected videos for cities

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3 Qualities of the sustainable city
3 Qualities of the sustainable city

Henning Thomsen at Sustainable Cities™ interviews Jan Gehl on the qualities of a sustainable city, August 2008. Read more at sustainablecities.dk. Jan Gehl is Professor of Urban Design at the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen – and partner of Gehl Architects. Jan Gehl: 3 Qualities of the [...]

From products to cities
From products to cities

William McDonough explains the cradle to cradle idea from products to cities to Malene Freudendal-Pedersen of Sustainable Cities™, in Copenhagen 6 May 2009. William McDonough – From products to cities from Sustainable Cities™ on Vimeo.

City of Equality
City of Equality

Enrique Peñalosa talks about Bogotá – a city of equality, putting people and bikes before cars. Enrique Peñalosa was interviewed by Anna Esbjørn Hess, of SustainableCities™ at the Danish Architecture Centre, 26 March 2009. Enrique Peñalosa – City of Equality from Sustainable Cities™ on Vimeo.

What are the qualities that should characterize a sustainable city?
What are the qualities that should characterize a sustainable city?

Thomas Ermacora Interview from Sustainable Cities™ on Vimeo.

Sing a song of sustainable cities
Sing a song of sustainable cities

Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape. From building opera houses with wire to mapping the connection between the automobile and your mother-in-law, Jaime Lerner delights in discovering eccentric solutions to vexing urban problems. In [...]

Urban farms sprout on NYC rooftops
Urban farms sprout on NYC rooftops

An urban rooftop in New York City has been converted to a farm by a group which wants to show that fresh food can be produced in the most unlikely places. Tara Cleary reports.

Planning sustainable cities
Planning sustainable cities

Global Report on Human Settlements 2009.

Cities in Focus
Cities in Focus

New York: New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation are on a mission to make the Big Apple the “greatest, greenest big city in the world” by ramping up bicycle infrastructure across the city, introducing bus rapid transit to the Bronx, and pedestrianizing Times Square, among other bold transportation initiatives. Los Angeles: For [...]

City of Dreams
City of Dreams

Brazilian urban planning guru, Jaime Lerner, has cracked the problem of getting a city to run well. His idea – to put people before cars – has vastly improved residents’ quality of life. Lerner has revolutionised transport in his hometown of Curibita, diverting traffic around the centre. Huge pedestrian areas and parks have replaced busy [...]

Recycling the city
Recycling the city

“How to manage and deal with the increasing tension in urban space? I want to face that issue using the main expression of their specific way of life that is clearly exposed through the official and private signals that are placed on the streets and spaces. These signals are showing what is possible to do [...]

Connected Urban Development
Connected Urban Development

Connected urban environments couple ubiquitous broadband with open standards and increased information transparency to promote public, private and people partnerships which reflect local, regional, and global perspectives on environmental, political, and economic landscapes. Connected Urban Development from MIT Mobile Experience Lab on Vimeo.

The City Dark
The City Dark

After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question, “What do we lose, when we lose the night?”. Blending a humorous tone with cutting-edge science and poetic footage of the night sky, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights — including increased breast cancer [...]

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents [...]

Truck Farm
Truck Farm

Truck Farm tells the story of a new generation of quirky urban farmers. Viewers are trucked across New York to see the city’s funkiest urban farms, and to find out if America’s largest city can learn to feed itself. Blending serious exposition with serious silliness, Truck Farm entreats viewers to ponder the future of urban [...]

Manufactured Landscapes
Manufactured Landscapes

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of [...]