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Primetime Puppets | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Discover how Jim Henson's puppet work on "Sam and Friends" in college influenced his creation of Kermit and the Muppets in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. Henson meets his future wife and fellow puppeteer Jane Nebel. As Henson's television career takes off in the spring of 1956, his brother Paul dies of injuries suffered in a car accident.

The Village Architect

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Observe how an architect incorporates all that the landscape has to offer while serving the practical purpose of the structure.

Adaptive Reuse in the Netherlands

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In this video, Dutch planners tap into their innate design sensibility and the industrial landscape to create a sustainable development in Amsterdam's abandoned dockyards, Borneo Sporenburg.

Architecture 2030

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Learn about efforts to protect the environment by changing the way buildings are planned, designed and constructed.

Paul Goldberger Discusses the Beauty of the Bridge | Ken Burns: Brooklyn Bridge

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger discusses how the beauty of the Brooklyn Bridge has moved poets, painters, sculptors, and architects to sing its praises in the hundred years it has stood.

Bogota: Building a Sustainable City

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In this video, students examine efforts to make one of the most chaotic cities in the world more sustainable.

Super Use

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View examples of buildings that are designed with reusable locally-obtained materials in mind.

The Druk White Lotus School: Ladakh

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See how local cultures can sustain their way of life while also utilizing technologically advanced methods.

Animated GIFs | Off Book

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Off Book explores the visual artistry of one of the oldest image formats used on the web: the animated Graphics Interchange Format. Throughout their history, GIFs have served a variety of purposes, from functional to entertaining. In this episode of Off Book, we chart the history of GIF, explore the hotbed of GIF creativity on Tumblr, and talk to two teams of GIF artists who are reshaping the format with powerful new visual experiences.

The Art of Data Visualization | Off Book

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Off Book takes a look at how the practice of data visualization has gained even more importance in this digital age. From scientific visualization to pop infographics, designers are increasingly tasked with incorporating data into the media experience. Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is present in every aspect of our lives.

The Memorial Plaques | NOVA Online

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The names of the victims of September 11 are inscribed on 152 bronze panels that will line the 9/11 Memorial. In this video from NOVA Online, take a tour of the plant where the panels are fabricated with co-owner Jim Moretti to learn how these beautiful plaques are made.

Hedy Lamarr | Women in World War II

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Discover the role of women in World War II in this video from the American Masters film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. Hedy Lamarr invented frequency hopping—a technology that could have provided a significant advantage to the United States military in the war—but the Navy shelved her idea and told her to sell war bonds instead. By selling war bonds, she engaged in something deemed more appropriate for a woman, especially a glamorous actress. In this resource, students explore the opportunities open to women during the war through discussion questions, a background essay, a student handout analyzing primary sources, and other tips for extending learning.

Greening the Federal Government

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Observe efforts to elevate government architecture across the country through the hiring of the best architects "of the day".

Melbourne Reborn

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In this video, find out how the city of Melbourne, Australia revitalized its downtown community. By the mid-1970s, Melbourne was a dying city.

The Art and Science of Renzo Piano

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Learn how Renzo Piano took on the challenge of creating one of the greenest museums in the world.

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