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Planning sustainable cities
Planning sustainable cities

Global Report on Human Settlements 2009.

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 [...]

Portland, a Global Model of Transit-Oriented Development
Portland, a Global Model of Transit-Oriented Development

Portland is a city that successfully implemented a plan for transit-oriented development. Its urban planners made the public domain more appealing and accessible by emphasizing density and pedestrian travel. These transit policies are credited with spurring urban rejuvenation in Portland and many cities, while slowing the postwar dominance of the suburbs.

Urban Sprawl
Urban Sprawl

How did Britain become an urban nation from it’s rural roots? The industrial revolution has seen our cities swell beyond all recognition.

Retrofiting Suburbia
Retrofiting Suburbia

Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years’ big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead “big box” stores re-inhabited, parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.

End of suburbia
End of suburbia

“We’re literally stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV without a fill-up” – James Howard Kunstler Are today’s suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? A 78-minute documentary about the end of the age of cheap oil.