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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth 
It began as a housing marvel. Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, "the poor man's penthouse." Two decades later, it ended in rubble - its razing an iconic event that the…
Art House - Exploring the Homes of Artists
In his new documentary, photographer Don Freeman explores the homes designed and lived in by notable American artists, revealing the inventiveness derived from the dialogue between each artist's practice and the construction of their handmade homes. Ranging from the romantic…
Eames: The Architect and The Painter 
Design history was born in a cavernous warehouse on a gritty street in Venice Beach, California, where Charles and Ray Eames set up their Renaissance-style studio in the optimistic flush of American victory during World War II. Jason Cohn and…
Tiny - A Story About Living Small
After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it's time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the…
Frank Lloyd Wright: Part I
Part of the Series: Ken Burns' American Lives
PBS
Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career,…
Coast Modern - Pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture
Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. Stepping inside the most inspired dwellings on the west coast, we…
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
In 1935, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a country house for the Kaufmann family over a small stream in Western Pennsylvania. He named it Fallingwater. It remains one of Wright's most acclaimed buildings. Fallingwater, perhaps more than any other building, exemplifies…
Louis Sullivan - The Struggle for American Architecture
Louis H. Sullivan (1856-1924) was one of the most celebrated architects to come out of the Chicago School of architecture in the late 1800s. He is often called the "father of the skyscraper" and the "prophet of modern architecture." Sullivan…
Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island
In a rapidly urbanized world, what does the future hold for traditional rural societies? As Fogo Island, a small community off the coast of Newfoundland, struggles to sustain its unique way of life in the face of a collapse of…
Frederick Law Olmsted - Designing America
PBS
Frederick Law Olmsted was among the first to regard landscape architecture as a profession and a fine art - in fact, with Calvert Vaux he virtually created that profession. Olmsted was also, far and away, the most eminent and successful…
The Oyler House: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat
In 1959, a government employee named Richard Oyler, living in the tiny desert town of Lone Pine, California, asked world-famous modern architect Richard Neutra to design his modest family home. To Oyler's surprise, Neutra agreed. Thus began an unlikely friendship…
Frank Lloyd Wright: Part II
Part of the Series: Ken Burns' American Lives
PBS
Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career,…
10 Towns that Changed America - Towns Designed from the Ground Up
PBS
10 Towns that Changed America focuses on ten "experimental" towns that did not evolve organically over time, but instead were designed (or redesigned) from the ground up by visionary architects, corporations, and citizens, who sought to change the lives of…
Mid-Century Moderns - The Homes That Define Palm Springs
When Father and Son team George and Bob Alexander started building affordable architect designed homes in Palm Springs in 1955, they had no idea they would be the catalyst of what is today a city filled with modern design. This…
Visual Acoustics - The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics - The Modernism Of Julius Shulman celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away in 2009,…
The Rise and Fall of Penn Station
PBS
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East Rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United…
Frank Gehry - An Architecture of Joy
Frank Gehry sees himself as an artist first, and then as an architect, working much as an artist would. He has translated the vocabulary of contemporary art into an architectural language of his own, disobeying the rules of his profession…
The State of Architecture at the Beginning of the 21st Century - A Historic Architecture Conference
This video documents a historic two-day conference organized in March, 2003 by Bernard Tschumi, then Dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture. The conference assembled some of the greatest minds in architecture. Most participants presented cutting edge concepts and…
Philip Johnson - Diary of an Eccentric Architect
"My place in New Canaan is...a diary of an eccentric architect." Thus begins a fascinating look into the mind of one of our most creative and significant architects. Philip Johnson was always on the forefront of stylistic change, and his…
Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright is today recognized as one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. During the seventy years he devoted to making architecture matter, he created over 1,100 designs, nearly half of which were realized. These included government…