architecture

CURIOUS TRAVELER
England’s Curious Great West Way

CURIOUS TRAVELER: England's Curious Great West Way

 

England’s Great West Way follows the ancient path from London to Bristol. We take the train and get curious at stops along the way: Stonehenge, Bath’s masonic architecture, the Roman Baths and the S.S. Great Britain. We also sample some curious pub pies, learn some cockney rhyming slang, and visit a few charming villages.

 

 

 

CRAFT IN AMERICA
California

CRAFT IN AMERICA: California

 

CALIFORNIA explores the diverse craft heritage, traditions and innovations in the Golden State. Featuring Pomo basket weaver Corine Pearce, silversmith Randy Stromsoe, the Arts and Crafts architecture of Greene & Greene, stained glass artists at Judson Studios, cabinet makers James Ipekjian and Jack Ipekjian, and textile artist Deborah Cross. PBS premiere December 21, 2018 (check local listings)

 

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Islamic Art:
Mirror of the Invisible World

 

Travel to nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the astonishing artistic and architectural riches of Islam. With the insights and commentary of leading art scholars from around the world, the film delves into the art of religious life in Islamic culture and into the secret world inside the palaces of the elite. From the extraordinary array of metalwork, textiles, paintings and architecture that illuminate the culture, filmmaker Rob Gardner sheds light on the shared histories of western and Islamic societies, revealing more continuity than division. Actress Susan Sarandon

 

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

 

 

 

SECRETS OF THE DEAD
Scanning the Pyramids

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Scanning the Pyramids

 

Travel with the scientific team granted unprecedented access by the Egyptian government to solve a 4,500 year-old mystery: what lies within the Great Pyramid at Giza. Using non-invasive technologies, they make a historic discovery.

 

 

 

RUDY MAXA’S WORLD
Hong Kong, Part 1 of 2

RUDY MAXA’S WORLD: Hong Kong, Part 1

 

A bastion of capitalism under the umbrella of China, a city with a stunning array of architecturally interesting skyscrapers, and a city where shopping and dining are varsity sports, Hong Kong certainly ranks as one of the world’s great cities. Host Rudy Maxa and Washington, D.C. restaurateur and chef Daisuke Utagawa enthusiastically eat their way through Hong Kong, from cheap but authentic, hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurants to Michelin-starred palaces. Along the way they illustrate the excitement, stunning topography, and energy that defines Hong Kong.

 

Hong Kong, Part 1 of 2
From hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurants, to Michelin-starred palaces, Rudy and chef Daisuke Utagawa eat their way through the amazing foods & flavors of Hong Kong.

 

 

 

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
Glasgow and Scottish Passions

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE: Glascow and Scottish Passions

 

Glasgow, once an industrial powerhouse, offers a fun look at Scotland’s vibrantly gritty urban side — full of edgy street art, trendy dining, and the striking architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Leaving town, we’ll tap into Scottish passions as we tour historic Stirling Castle and nearby battlefields, sample a dram at the land’s most beloved distilleries on the Speyside Whisky Trail, watch a sheepdog demonstration, and struggle to lift the Manhood Stone at a Highland Games.

 

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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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