Tune in to KLRU – Q on Sunday August 18th for back-to-back episodes of architrecture, at 6:00 pm until 10:30 pm.
Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks at 6:00pm
One-hundred and fifty-one years after Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) designed New
York City’s Central Park with Calvert Vaux, it remains an undisputed haven of tranquility amid one of the largest,tallest and most unnatural places in the world. This documentary, narrated by actress Kerry Washington, examines the visionary urban planner and landscape architect’s impact on the development of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century. With incredible foresight, Olmsted brought nourishing green spaces to New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta,. Louisville and dozens of other U.S. cities.
Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City at 7:00pm
Few individuals have had more impact on the American city than architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. In the midst of late 19th century urban disorder, Burnham offered a powerful vision of what a civilized American city could look like. He built some of the first
skyscrapers in the world and created urban plans for Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Manila—all before the profession of urban planning existed. In fact, some say that he invented it. This film explores how Burnham shaped our nation’s future and how his ideas continue the debate today about what urban planning means in a democratic society.
10 Buildings That Changed America at 8:00pm
Tells the stories of 10 American architectural marvels, including a state capitol building
designed by Thomas Jefferson, the original indoor shopping mall, the first airport of the Jet Age and a futuristic concert hall. You may not be familiar with all of these buildings, but they probably shaped the way you live, work, shop and play. Host Geoffrey Baer takes a
journey across America and inside these 10 groundbreaking works of art and engineering.
John Portman: A Life of Building at 9:00pm
Examines the work and legacy of one of the world’s most daring and influential architects.
Over the last 45 years, John Portman’s iconic urban structures and eye-popping interiors steadily rose in 60 cities across four continents, helping redefine cityscapes in the United States and skylines in Asia. Once considered a maverick because he eschewed long-accepted industry standards, critics and leading architecture schools now fully embrace Portman’s design approach, which emphasizes function, purpose and sensory experience. This film showcases Portman’s buildings using dramatic time-lapse footage.
Architect Robert A.M. Stern: Presence of the Past at 10:00pm
As a boy growing up in working class Brooklyn, Robert A. M. Stern would gaze
across the river at the gleaming towers of Manhattan. To him the city looked like Oz. Today this former outsider is arguably one of its Wizards. The successful New York architect bridges the divide between modernists and traditionalists and has helped shape a number of environments that rely on video and LED technology for their form.
Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour at 10:30pm
Embark on a voyage through architect Michael Graves’ career and the influences that
shaped him. A renowned architect who transformed America’s built environment with buildings in the 1980s that took a whimsical approach to classical forms, a mysterious and potentially fatal illness left him partially paralyzed in early 2003. The ordeal opened an unexpected new chapter in his illustrious career — designing hospital furniture
and homes for wounded war veterans.