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The Urban Studies Collection

A collection of over 40 films that explore the challenges facing cities around the world, and the creative solutions being developed to address those challenges.

By 2050, 7 out of every 10 people will live in a city — some 6.4 billion people according to the World Health Organization. THE URBAN STUDIES COLLECTION assembles over 40 essential films that explore the challenges facing cities around the world, and the creative solutions being developed to address those challenges. Filmmakers from around the world look at cities on every continent, providing a truly global perspective on urban life. THE URBAN STUDIES COLLECTION explores the key issues facing city-dwellers, including living space, livability, sustainability, crime, gentrification, politics, finance, sprawl, and the urban ecosystem.

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Favela FarmFavela Farm

In Brazil can Pedro build a Life App to help the secret world of urban farms and gardens in Rio's shanty towns?

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2013 ♦ 27 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adults
From Courtyard House to Block ApartmentFrom Courtyard House to Block Apartment

Examines the impact of rapid industrialization on traditional Chinese housing styles and ways of living.

Icarus Films ♦ 1987 ♦ 23 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult
Grand ParisGrand Paris

French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to turn Paris into the model super-metropolis for the 21st century, and plenty of world-class architects would like the job.

Icarus Films ♦ 2010 ♦ 50 minutes ♦ 9-12, College, Adult
Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations

A journey through the history of visionary architecture, a survey of the most significant architectural movements of the 20th century that challenged conventional concepts.

Icarus Films ♦ 2007 ♦ 52 minutes ♦ 7-9, 10-12, College, Adult
HSA Hospital Strike '75HSA Hospital Strike '75

A document of the eighteen-day strike by interns and residents at Chicago's only public hospital.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1975 ♦ 20 minutes
The Human ScaleThe Human Scale

Acclaimed architect Jan Gehl and his team are on a humanistic mission to reclaim public space in mega cities for pedestrians (and cyclists) rather than cars. This human/new approach to city planning is put to test in Denmark, Los Angeles, New York, China, Australia, New Zealand and India.

KimStim ♦ 2012 ♦ 56 minutes
Inquiring Nuns - Part IInquiring Nuns - Part I

Two young nuns explore Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute and in front of churches on Sunday, confronting people with the crucial question, "Are you happy?"

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1968 ♦ 33 minutes
Inquiring Nuns - Part IIInquiring Nuns - Part II

Two young nuns explore Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute and in front of churches on Sunday, confronting people with the crucial question, "Are you happy?"

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1968 ♦ 33 minutes
Lagos / KoolhaasLagos / Koolhaas
Renowned architect Rem Koolhaas and students from The Harvard Project on the City explore Lagos, Nigeria, interpreting the chaotic city in an innovative, surprising way.
Icarus Films ♦ 2003 ♦ 55 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult
Living With The PastLiving With The Past
Cairo is one of the few medieval cities in the world that remains relatively intact. This a portrait of Darb al-Ahmar, a neighborhood in the old city now facing a process of radical change.
Icarus Films ♦ 2001 ♦ 56 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult

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