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5 videos that could change the way you see cities | Sustainable Cities Collective

5 videos that could change the way you see cities | Sustainable Cities Collective | green streets | Scoop.it
I find the emergence of the short, highly accessible video - on sites such as YouTube and Vimeo - to be one of the great developments in communications and social media over the last decade. Even as a dedicated wordsmith, I believe photos and, by extension, videos, can sometimes convey much more information and be much more compelling than mere words.

This is why we created a video channel for sustainable communities at NRDC, now hosting a library of some 136 entries (and growing) - some of them self-produced, most of them curated favorites produced by others - on cities, regions, and neighborhoods. Take a look sometime.

For today, here are five short videos that look at cities in very different ways from most of what we see in the environmental and urbanist blogs I write for. Enjoy.

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Trailer for Gary Hustwit's New 'Urbanized' Documentary

Trailer for Gary Hustwit's New 'Urbanized' Documentary | green streets | Scoop.it

Urban design is the language of the city. The first official trailer for Gary Hustwit's new documentary Urbanized has been posted- this stylish and inspiring documentary from the director behind design docs Helvetica and Objectified examines ideas about cities and urban design with examples from around the world and interviews with architects, politicians, artists and city planners.

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Telling the Placemaking Story

Telling the Placemaking Story | green streets | Scoop.it

“Place matters” is a familiar declaration. Its common use shows that profiling places, especially creative, urban places, is very much in vogue. For instance, the phrase graces the Atlantic Cities masthead, is the title of a New York City project that protects distinctive local environments, frames a non-profit corporation and is a campaign of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

While placemaking is not a profession, it is certainly a practice that has spread across multiple disciplines, far beyond design and planning roots.

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