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Paulo Mendes DA Rocha: Entre Ideas y Dibujos

This book revolves around the drawings and scale models especially selected by architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who was conferred the degree of Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Universidad Nacional del Litoral in 2009. The personal selection done by PMdR resulted in a publishing project that included the participation of a group of academics from Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina convened so that, by means of short texts, freely elaborated their perspective on those drawings. The book is, therefore, the result of a collective work whose purpose is to think the architecture from its most common resources: drawing and scale model. PMdR has also contributed with a text specially elaborated for this publication.
Fine Arts (Stacks)

Ralph Erskine: An Egalitarian Architecture : The Eric Lyons Memorial Lecture 1990

Architect Ralph Erskine describes many housing schemes, the Vasa Bus Terminal/World Trade Centre in Stockholm, the Skanska headquarters building in Gothenburg, and the Ark, his latest office project in London.
Clemons (Stacks)

Great Towers in the Sky

From the Space Needle in Seattle to the recently constructed Stratosphere in Las Vegas, each of history's great towers shattered the architectural boundaries of its day. In this fascinating program, architects and historians tell the behind-the-scenes stories of the quest to push buildings higher and higher. Rare film footage offers a dizzying look at these towers' death-defying construction. And a special camera provides a front row seat onboard the Stratosphere's incredible 900-foot-high roller coaster.
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Claridge's [electronic resource]

Founded in 1812 and expanding in size and reputation throughout the 19th century, Claridge's Hotel in London's Mayfair underwent an Art Deco makeover during the 1930s, which loosened it from its Victorian trappings and reaffirmed its status as a fashionable destination for the rich and famous. This program goes inside Claridge's for an in-depth look at its stunning Deco environment. Viewers experience the hotel's legendary fumoir, the smoking room where cigarettes were glamorous even for staid British women, and the cocktail bar according to Guy Oliver, the man whose job it is to renovate and restore the hotel's glamorous 1930s image. Also not to be missed: a perfect Art Deco bath complete with glass panels, sleek tile molding, and two bell pulls-one for the maid and the other for th [...]

London Transport [electronic resource]

Designed by the architect Charles Holden, whose early works were influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, the Underground Electric Railways Company headquarters began construction in the late 1920s and soon became the highest skyscraper in London. This program uncovers the story of a building so controversial that UERL general manager Frank Pick, who commissioned Holden, offered to resign. The new structure, however, would eventually serve as the hub of an Art Deco transformation of the Underground. Venturing out on the Piccadilly Line to Southgate, viewers find themselves part of not just a crowded rush hour migration but a coordinated journey through an enchanting Deco landscape. The sleek tube station contains streamlined features, sensuous chrome, and soft uplighting for a gla [...]

The Orient Express [electronic resource]

Embarking at London's Victoria Station, this program offers adventure and visual delight aboard one of the most storied passenger trains of all time-the Orient Express. Viewers meet James Sherwood, an American who bought two of the original Orient Express carriages in 1977 and decided to restore them, as he eventually would an entire line of sleeper, restaurant, and Pullman cars, to their long-lost Art Deco glory. After surveying the luxury of the dining compartment the program reveals an equally splendid sleeping cabin, showing what wealthy riders would have experienced as the train chugged through the Alps. And in the spirit of international travel, Bevis Hillier, the historian who helped coin the phrase Art Deco, describes the rapid spread of the movement from its origins at a Fre [...]

Casa del Rio [electronic resource]

When British industrialist Walter Price visited California in the 1930s, he was so impressed by Pickfair - the glamorous residence of Hollywood stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford - that he decided to construct his own Art Deco mansion back in the Devon countryside. This program examines Price's luxurious creation, a palace fit for Tinseltown complete with a marble staircase built to look like a piano keyboard. Casa del Rio, as Price christened it, also features smaller but no less intriguing accoutrements - Art Deco gadgets such as Bakelite radios and toasters that were cutting-edge for the time. A bar, pool room, and cinema were added later, but with the original Pickfair mansion no longer extant, Casa del Rio stands as a rare example of a fantasy house from the height of Eng [...]

More Than a Box With Windows [electronic resource]: Schluter Headquarters-a Case Study in Green Design and Construction

Building green: that was the goal of Schluter, a company specializing in tile installation systems. It wanted its new Canadian headquarters to be low impact, energy efficient, comfortable to work in, and a showcase for tiles. This documentary narrated by energy conservation specialist Jon Eakes explores the science that went into the design and construction of the award-winning, LEED Gold-certified building while explaining why the integration of green systems is essential to making an office that is ecologically responsible. "A common misconception about sustainable design," says Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine, "is that it may be complicated, or that it is not worth the investment. However this project clearly proves that intelligent, environmentally aware decisions ca [...]

Japan's Micro Apartment Boom [electronic resource]

You have to be creative when your apartment is only 250 square feet. This ABC News report looks at Japan's latest innovation, the micro-apartment. With storage in the floor and bathtubs in the living room, these spaces, some only 10 feet wide, are designed to make use of every inch. They are also attracting the attention of some larger U.S. cities.

The Fear That Has a Thousand Eyes [electronic resource]: Security and Surveillance in the 21st Century

London. New York. Oklahoma City. Each was the site of a horrific and violent attack on the public, as were Madrid, Oslo, and many other urban areas. In the wake of every such tragedy has come a dramatic increase in security: not only more closed-circuit cameras, biometric scanning, and specially designed architecture, but also new laws that allow intense surveillance of individuals, organizations, and their activities. Clearly, the public needs protecting-but what are the consequences? Are basic personal freedoms at stake? This program explores 21st-century responses to the threat of terrorism and how they have changed urban life. Focusing on security measures deployed in London as it prepared for the 2012 Olympic Games, the film looks ahead to changes that are bound to come to citie [...]

Breaking the Wall of Convention [electronic resource]: How Architecture Can Provoke New Thought

The economic impact of buildings with a high "wow" factor on cities like Bilbao, Manchester, and Chicago has brought back in vogue the debate on the role of architects in society, producing neologisms such as "starchitect" to characterize their media relevance. With provocative works like the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the World Trade Center in New York, Daniel Libeskind has gained universal acclaim. A true Renaissance man - with a background that features music, poetry, and opera set and costume design - Libeskind envisions architecture as a reflection and active part of the local culture, whereby buildings engage a lasting dialogue with their inhabitants. He sees sustainability as not only a technological attribute, but also a measure of social relevance. In this Falling Walls lec [...]

Learning From the Light [electronic resource]

World-renowned architect I. M. Pei was already in his 90s when he took on designing the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. This documentary, from award-winning filmmaker, Bo Landin, visits Alhambra and Cordoba in Spain, and Cairo to search for references to understand the essence of Pei's architecture that will find its historical place in an Islamic world stretching from Cordoba to Samarkand.

Megacities [electronic resource]

In 1950, New York City was the world's only megacity, but today there are nearly two dozen that qualify. This program travels to Sao Paulo, the world's third-largest megacity, to offer a glimpse of what it's like for the urban poor scraping out a living there. Visits to the slums and the streets of this 3,000-square-mile Brazilian metropolis paint a stark picture of a place where shootings, high levels of air and water pollution, and extreme traffic congestion continuously endanger the safety of its 18 million inhabitants.

Modern Culture Temples [electronic resource]

Almost every country sets great store by galleries and venues for cultural events. Their architecture is meant to be attractive and imaginative, and sustainability is becoming increasingly important as well. This report presents innovative building projects from three countries: renovating an old national library building in Saudi Arabia; cooling a new opera house with seawater in China; and a new museum and community center in Spain is the world's largest wooden structure.

Sports Worlds [electronic resource]

Sustainability is increasingly a consideration in the design of sports facilities. This film shows how these concerns influences architecture for the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and the soccer stadium built for remote Manaus, Brazil, for the 2014 World Cup.

The Sky's the Limit [electronic resource]

Building "green" has now become an economic necessity, especially in Asia's burgeoning megalopolises. From vertical farming in New York City, to a sustainable Panama City office building, to the "Garden City" of Singapore, environmental skyscrapers are helping revive city centers, spare the climate, and check urban sprawl.

Worlds of Knowledge [electronic resource]

This film covers three projects for education and sustainability featuring the architects at work. Included are school buildings in Burkina Faso, a half-underground university campus in South Korea, and a virtual computer-designed science laboratory in Germany.

Air, Light, and Utopia [electronic resource]: The Modern Movement in Architecture

Combining interviews with leading architects, historians, and conservationists with location footage from all over Europe, this program examines the Modern Movement in architecture, from its emergence after World War I until World War II. The first half of the documentary explores the movement's origins and ideology, spotlighting the Bauhaus in Germany, Le Corbusier in France, the Functionalists in Holland, and the Constructivists in Russia. The second half traces the movement's growth and spread, emphasizing the influence of the social climate and political environment of the interwar years upon building design.

Engineering Ground Zero [electronic resource]

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Engineering Ground Zero follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

Alvar Aalto [electronic resource]: Technology and Nature

Filmed in his native Finland, Italy, Germany, and the U.S., this program looks at the life and work of Alvar Aalto and examines his creative style in the context of his time, the traditions he inherited, and the country and climate in which he lived. For Aalto, the Finnish landscape was much more than the background to which he successfully molded his own creations; he had an almost mystical affinity with it which was central to his whole achievement. Throughout his long career, Aalto's work embraced almost all the key public institutions as well as public and private housing. In the 1930s and 40s, almost single-handedly, Aalto made his country a place of pilgrimage for all who sought enlightenment as to the aesthetic possibility of the new architecture.