Architecture

NOVA
Building the Great Cathedrals

NOVA: Building the Great Cathedrals

 

Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true. NOVA’s teams perform hands-on experiments to investigate and reveal the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their soaring, glass-filled walls in Building the Great Cathedrals.

 

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ARTBOUND
Desert X

ARTBOUND: Desert X

 

Taking the vast, strange and often contradictory desert landscape as its canvas, the inaugural Desert X, curated by Artistic Director Neville Wakefield, explored the familiar and the unknown through an exhibition of public art installations situated at sites across the California Desert. Desert X is a site-specific, contemporary art biennial that first took place in the spring of 2017. Sixteen artists from different parts of the world were invited to create new works in response to the unique conditions of the Coachella Valley.

 

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ARTBOUND
That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles

ARTBOUND - That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles

 

During his time spent in Southern California in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Frank Lloyd Wright accelerated the search for L.A.’s authentic architecture that was suitable to the city’s culture and landscape. Writer/Director Chris Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, explores the houses the legendary architect built in Los Angeles. The documentary also delves into the critic’s provocative theory that these homes were also a means of artistic catharsis for Wright, who was recovering from a violent tragic episode in his life.

 

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10 Homes that Changed America

 

Visit homes that transformed residential living, from grand estates like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to the pueblos of Taos, New Mexico, and the tenements of 19th-century New York.

 

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Eero Saarinen

 

Explore the life of the Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), the creator of the St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. Travel with his son, director of photography Eric Saarinen, ASC, as he visits his father’s work on a cathartic journey.

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
The Opera House

 

Explore the rich history of the Met Opera’s Lincoln Center home and its place in the cultural life of 1950s-60s New York City. Features famed soprano Leontyne Price, the Met’s general manager Rudolf Bing, city planner Robert Moses and architect Wallace Harrison.

 

 

10 Buildings that Changed America

 

Geoffrey Baer hosts this survey of 10 influential buildings in a cross-country journey of American architecture. Meet the daring architects who imagined them and learn the stories of how they came to change the way we live, work, worship, learn, shop and play.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Building England II

GLOBE TREKKER: Building England II

 

Host Judith Jones continues her exploration of English architecture with a look at the Georgian and Victorian styles. Among the places we’ll see: Queen’s House in Greenwich; St. Paul’s Cathedral in London; Osterley House in Middlesex; Hammerwood Lodge in East Sussex; and the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Building England I

GLOBE TREKKER: Building England I

 

In this two-part special, host Judith Jones walks viewers through the history of English buildings. Among the locations we’ll visit in this episode are the Roman edifices in Lindisfarne, Warkworth Castle in Northumberland, Kentwell Hall in Suffolk and Burghley House in Lincolnshire.

 

TIME SCANNERS
Colosseum

 

With cutting-edge technology that can “read” buildings, ruins and landscapes from ancient worlds, TIME SCANNERS reveals physical and forensic history, allowing viewers to virtually reach out and touch the past.

 

Colosseum
The team uses laser-scanning technology to uncover the engineering secrets behind ancient Rome’s Colosseum. Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of laser-scanning experts to Rome on a quest to uncover some of the engineering world’s oldest mysteries of the Colosseum. Using cutting-edge 3D laser-scanning technology, the team wants to answer three questions. How did the Romans produce some of the most impressive gladiatorial games ever seen in Europe? How did the Colosseum’s mysterious roof really work? Finally, how does the mighty Colosseum compare, in state of the art computer testing, to the sports stadiums of the 21st century?

 

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