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Urban Studies

Streaming Video Collections

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Recommended Documentaries

Citizen Jane : Battle for the City

Chronicle of activist Jane Jacobs' battle with developers who threatened to demolish NYC's most historic neighborhoods and a lesson in the power of the average person to push back.

Going to Green. Episode 15, Urban Planning

Discusses the concept of urban planning, which focuses on the division of the physical spaces where people live.

Global footprints. Urbanization & the Natural World

For the first time in history, more than half the population lives in cities. Because of urbanization, every year we destroy untold amounts of plants and fertile soil. With this in mind, how can we make cities more sustainable? This program takes a special look at green roof gardening, the expansion of solar panels, and thinking inside the box with food container gardening. Big cities leave big trouble for the natural world. The good news is we have the ability to change. There are currently innovative technologies in place that will help combat climate change in big cities.

The Green Economy. Wildlife Management

Find out how people who really care about wildlife are raising awareness about why our urban growth is literally making dangerous encounters with wild animals is becoming an everyday occurrence. We visit an exotic animal rescue to see lions, tigers and other wild animals are being cared for the best way possible. We also talk to experts about one of the most allusive animals, the wolf, is now making a comeback.

All for the Taking: 21st-Century Urban Renewal

"All for the Taking" examines the personal struggles of residents impacted by Philadelphia's urban renewal program and illustrates how housing activists are fighting eminent domain abuse. 

Megastructures: Gardens by the Bay

'Gardens by the Bay' is a awe-inspiring marvel where cutting edge engineering meets the green designs of tomorrow. Five million people live in a land area smaller than New York City ... Singapore is embarking on its most ambitious project to date. Three massive gardens – the size of 177 football pitches – will house thousands of plants from all over the planet. Two giant conservatories are to be constructed to protect millions of dollars’ worth of trees, flowers and plants and man-made vertical gardens called Supertrees will stretch as high as 50 meters in to the sky. This is the country's most ambitious greening project to date and no one has ever attempted such designs before.

A City Rising from the Sea

A city born from the sea. This is a documentary of the works of nature and man in the reclamation of land from the Atlantic Ocean to create ultra-modern green city in Lagos, Nigeria.

Then This Happened. How Amsterdam Put the Breaks on Cars to Give Bikes a Chance

The Dutch capital Amsterdam is widely known for being bike-friendly. But it wasn’t always a model cycling city. Public outrage at rising traffic casualties in the 1970s caused city planners to rethink their approach to urban design.

Ecopolis China

When one billion rural Chinese move to cities, our planet will change irreversibly. Finnish professor Eero Paloheimo and Chinese business magnate Zhang Yue are going to save the world by reinventing the city. Their utopias are very different. Is the future of urban mankind in the cherry valleys of China or high up in the sky?