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Urban Planner

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A professor and graduate student talk about the use of math and technology in city planning.

Designing the Mall | The National Mall - America's Front Yard

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Learn about the evolution and design of the National Mall from its inception and explore the early considerations made by its designer, Pierre Charles L’Enfant. The design of the capitol city involved converting tidal flats, forests, and farmland into the major landmarks we see today. L’Enfant placed major landmarks on high points, placing the Capitol Building on the highest spot. Other design elements included a space for the President's house, the Washington Monument, and a grand promenade, lined with buildings and a broad canal, better known today as our National Mall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Egypt's Treasure Guardians | Full Program

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Meet Egypt's "treasure guardians," a group of archaeologists, scholars, conservators, and engineers working to guard national heritage, following years of political upheaval, by building a museum. To preserve its rich history and to tempt visitors back, Egypt is building the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM)—the greatest Egyptian monument since the pyramids! Archaeologists across the country are opening new dig sites to find artifacts for display, with the hope that teaching the public about important historical areas will keep those places protected in the future.

New Orleans: The Water Line

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Learn how community groups and outside organizations are making it possible for one New Orleans community to rebuild.

Up the Yangtze

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Nearing completion, China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. Countless ancient villages and historic locales will be submerged, and 2 million people will lose their homes and livelihoods. The Yu family desperately seeks a reprieve by sending their 16-year-old daughter to work in the cruise ship industry that has sprung up to give tourists a last glimpse of the legendary river valley. With cinematic sweep, Up the Yangtze explores lives transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history, a hotly contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle.

218: Modern Georgia, Part VI | Georgia Stories

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Modern Georgia thrives off of ever growing industries.

Segments: Granite Capital of the World; Granite Sculptor; The Second Busiest Airport in the World

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