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Landscape Architecture: Videos

Subject Guide for Landscape Architecture Students.

Kanopy Videos

UW Kanopy has access to:

Wild By Law / 52 min. / (1991) Notes and KWs: Directors: Diane Garey and Lawrence R. Hott. Writer: Ken Chowder. Story of the Wilderness Act of 1964 / Aldo Leopold / Howard Zahnsier / Bob Marshall 

Tectonics: A Topography of the US Border With Mexico Borderlands / (2012)  Notes and KWs: US MEXICO Border / Immigration / Boundaries / Free to UW Kanopy

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea / 697 min. / (2009) (Also available via Seattle Public Library.)

Seattle Public Library has access to:

Biographical Documentaries:

Caldwell Arthur: Passionate Nature: Chicago Parks of Alfred Caldwell / 49 min. / (2008) Notes and KWs: Chicago / Midwest / Prairie / Caldwell / Jens Jensen / Frank Lloyd Wright / IIT

Jackson, J.B.: J.B. Jackson and the American Landscape / 47 min. / (2015)  Notes and KWs: Cultural Landscapes / Geography / Place /Vernacular / New Mexico

Marx, Roberto Burle: Landscape Film: Roberto Burle Marx / 72 min. / (2019) Notes and KWs: Profile on Roberto Burle Marx and his Gardens / Brazil / Modernism / Art / Brasília / Rio De Janeiro

Noguchi, Isamu: Isamu Noguchi: A Japanese American Artist and Landscape Architect / 31 min. / (1972) Notes and KWs: Modernism / Sculpture / Japanese / Gardens

Olmsted Frederick Law: Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America / 58 min. / (2014)  Notes and KWs: FLO / Central Park / Buffalo / Riverside / California /Chicago / Biltmore

Thematic Documentaries:

Urbanized: The Issues and Strategies Behind Urban Design / 86 min. / (2011) Notes and KWs: How Cities are designed. Interviews with Architects, Urbanists, and Civic Leaders

Creating Community: Lafayette Park / 34 min. / (2008) Notes and KWs: The Story of Lafayette Park/ Detroit / Alfred Caldwell / Mies van der Rohe / Modernism Post War Urban Landscape / Could connect to Waldheim’s Chapter 6 in Landscape as Urbanism.

Green Towns USA: A New Deal / 58 min. / (2008) Notes and KWs: New Towns built by the US government. Greenbelt Maryland / Greenhills Ohio / Greendale Wisconsin. New Deal / Garden City / Regional Planning  / Roosevelt

City of Dreams / 57 min. / (2000) Notes and KWs: On Canberra and the partnership of Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin Prairie School / FLW / Chicago / Canberra / Midwest

City Dreamers / 81 min. / (2018) Notes and KWs: Four women who influenced the built environment since the 1950s, Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Denise Scott Brown.

10 Parks that Changed America / 56 min. / (2016) Notes and KWs: Film covers the Squares of Savannah, GA; Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA; Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA; Central Park, New York, NY;  Neighborhood Parks, Chicago, IL; The Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX; Overton Park, Memphis, TN; Freeway Park, Seattle, WA; Gas Works Park, Seattle, WA; The High Line, New York City, NY.

Ken Burns PBS Documentaries:

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea / 697 min. / (2009) 

The West / 722 min. / (1996)

The Dust Bowl / 229 min. / (2012)

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art / 71 min. / (2015) Notes and KWs: Story of Land Art Documentary with all the heavy hitters found in Beardsley Pieces Smithson / De Maria / Michael Heizer

Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer’s Monolithic Sculpture / 91 min / (2013) Notes and KWs: Documentarian Doug Pray examines the story of Heizer bringing a 340-ton piece of quarried desert stone to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).