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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.

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.

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.

Portland: A Sense of Place

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Discover how Oregon's land-use planning system has benefited both urban and rural residents and environments.

Affordable Green Housing

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In this video, students learn and understand the importance of affordable housing to the social and cultural aspects of the community.

London: The Price of Traffic

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Learn how London's mayor has instituted policies that respond to the city’s growth while improving its livability and sustainability.

Growing Energy

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Discover how Brazil's innovative fuel usage provides an argument for alternative fuels.

Food Miles

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In this video, students consider the environmental impacts of America's current food system. In the 21st century global food economy, most foods travel an average of 1,500 miles from farm to plate. As renowned author Michael Pollan elaborates, the impacts of this fossil fuel-driven system are detrimental to the environment, but also to our health and social well-being. Writer Michael Shuman argues that investing in local food systems lessens the distance between who we are and what we eat and creates wealth in the community.

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