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  • Paris: Velo Liberte

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    S 5 : Ep 7 - 12/2/08

    Paris' ambitious public-private V?lib' bike initiative encourages residents to forgo cars for bikes and public transportation. In the process, the program has fostered a unique popular culture, complete with its own language, jokes and pick-up lines. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has undoubtedly taken heart: Its success has inspired cities like Rome, San Francisco and London to begin adopting similar programs of their own.moreless
  • Aviation: The Limited Sky

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    S 5 : Ep 6 - 12/30/08

    Even if regional transportation becomes more efficient, people and goods will still need to travel the world. This episode looks at new technologies and policies that could offset the aviation industry's substantial greenhouse gas emissions, such as Amyris Biotechnologies' new synthetic jet fuels, and Hybrid Air Vehicles' second generation of dirigible airship. To reduce fuel emissions, industry leaders like Boeing are also advocating towing planes on runways and implementing smarter air traffic control systems.moreless
  • Portland: A Sense of Place

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    S 5 : Ep 5 - 12/23/08

    Thanks to a progressive public transportation portfolio that includes train, streetcar, bus and aerial tram, Portland has become a global model of transit-oriented development (TOD). For more than 40 years, city planners have uniquely integrated transport decisions into urban growth and development efforts. The result: Portland is consistently ranked as one of the country's most livable cities, boasting a healthy two percent population growth annually -- and the second lowest per capita transportation spending of the 28 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.moreless
  • Seoul: The Stream of Consciousness

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    S 5 : Ep 4 - 12/16/08

    In 2003, the city of Seoul took a rare step "back in time," demolishing a major downtown freeway to uncover and restore the ancient Cheonggyecheon stream that once flowed beneath it. An impressive feat of engineering, the project re-purposed more than 75 percent of the dismantled highway material for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the stream's banks and commercial corridor. The Cheonggyecheon is now a vital part of the city's commercial and tourism sectors, and has proven that environmental restoration can revive culture and community, as well.moreless
  • Food Miles

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    S 5 : Ep 3 - 12/9/08

    In the 21st century global food economy, most foods travel an average of 1,500 miles from farm to plate. As renowned author Michael Pollan elaborates, the impacts of this fossil fuel-driven system are detrimental to the environment, but also to our health and social well-being. Writer Michael Shuman argues that investing in local food systems lessens the distance between who we are and what we eat, and creates wealth in the community.moreless
  • London: The Price of Traffic

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    S 5 : Ep 2 - 11/24/08

    London's congestion charge challenges the 20th-century notion that cities should be designed around cars and asks drivers to pay for access to public roads and parking spaces. Thanks to Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, this plan is the core of a sweeping push to transform London into a transit-efficient and pedestrian-friendly mega-city in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.moreless
  • Super Use

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    S 4 : Ep 6 - 10/14/08

    The partners of 2012 Architecten in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, are making surplus superfluous, reusing everything from I-beams, wood floors, car tires, washing machines, stainless steel sinks and even windmill blades as building materials in their creations. 2012 Architecten's work suggests not only a new kind of aesthetic and functionality in sustainable architecture, but also a new approach to design.moreless
  • New Orleans: The Water Line

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    S 4 : Ep 5 - 9/30/08

    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the citizens of New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward weren't about to watch their community disappear, even as government officials at all levels turned a blind eye to their plight. This story profiles community leaders fighting to rebuild the neighborhood sustainably, and the outsiders -- including renowned architect Bob Berkebile, and organizations Global Green and Brad Pitt's Make It Right -- who are working to make this possible.moreless
  • The Art & Science of Renzo Piano

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 9/23/08

    World-class architect Renzo Piano draws on nature to create a structure that defines a natural history museum for the 21st century. Combining Piano's signature transparency design with a green roof evoking its surroundings, San Francisco's new California Academy of Sciences provides a model for sustainability, and sets a benchmark for how people use, operate and interact with public buildings.moreless
  • Melbourne Reborn

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 9/16/08

    By the mid-1970s, Melbourne was a dying city. People commuted in to work during the day, but downtown became a ghost town after 5 p.m. This episode explores how leadership and vision transformed the cityscape. Rob Adams, Melbourne's director of design and urban environment, gives a guided tour to show how the city first sought livability, then sustainability, and how the two are inextricably intertwined.moreless
  • The Village Architect

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 9/9/08

    Architect Brian MacKay-Lyons grew up on the shipyards of Nova Scotia and borrows from that lean, economical building tradition in his architecture. From the Barn Yard in his village to the Canadian Embassy in Bangladesh, this episode presents a lesson in local vernacular - why it works and how it might be the most sustainable form of architecture there is.moreless
  • A Garden in Cairo

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 7/10/08

    Cairo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with only one footprint of green space per person prior to 2005. His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, saw the need to relieve this congestion. The result is Al-Azhar Park: a 500-year-old dump-turned-"urban lung" that provides much-needed green space and a source of civic pride.moreless
  • A Garden in Cairo

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 9/2/08

    Cairo, a city of 16 million, is one of the most densely populated in the world, with only one square foot of green space per person prior to 2005. His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, saw the need to relieve this congestion. The result is Al-Azhar Park: a 500-year-old dump-turned-"urban lung" that provides much-needed green space and a source of civic pride.moreless
  • Coal & Nuclear: Problem or Solution?

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 11/23/07

    Renewables, biofuels, solar, wind and other energy sources may be alternatives to fossil fuel, but it is impossible to ignore the ubiquity of coal and the power capabilities of nuclear, despite their many drawbacks. These controversial resources may be major players in a sustainable energy future, however, thanks to new developments in carbon capture and sequestration and improved nuclear technologies.moreless
  • Architecture 2030

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    S 2 : Ep 6 -

    Buildings are responsible for almost half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Can a collaborative effort - government leaders, architects, regulatory agencies and building suppliers - avert a climate crisis through policy change and education? Architect-turned-activist Ed Mazria may have the answer. His Architecture 2030 organization is galvanizing commitment to a carbon-neutral building sector by the year 2030.moreless
  • Adaptive Reuse in the Netherlands

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 12/28/07

    Dutch planners tap into their design ingenuity and the natural landscape to build a modern yet sustainable development in Amsterdam's once abandoned dockyards, Borneo Sporenburg.
  • State of Resolve

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 11/16/07

    Could California's progressive energy policies spearhead a nationwide shift toward cleaner energy? The remarkable laws that California has passed under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to regulate greenhouse gas emissions perpetuate the state's reputation for environmental leadership across the country, and potentially the globe.moreless
  • Affordable Green Housing

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 12/21/07

    This episode follows New York developer Jonathan Rose through Irvington, Harlem and the Bronx, in which his sustainably-designed buildings are changing the perception of affordable housing.
  • Growing Energy

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 11/9/07

    In response to the oil crisis of the 1970s, Brazil created a domestic ethanol industry that is now thriving on all levels, from production, to distribution at gas stations, to nationwide adoption of flex-fuel cars. The episode examines what we can learn from Brazil's extraordinary success with ethanol, and whether other countries could follow suit.moreless
  • Bogotá: Building a Sustainable City

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 12/14/07

    Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, transformed one of the most chaotic cities in the world into a shining model of urban planning.
  • Paving the Way

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 11/2/07

    In America alone, nearly 70 percent of oil consumed is by the cars we drive. Can efficient automobile design mitigate the environmental damage caused by our beloved cars? General Motors unveils The Volt, a super-hybrid vehicle, and the fuel cell-powered Sequel, while technology firm Fiberforge shows off the latest in ultra-light materials for car manufacturing.moreless
  • Greening the Federal Government

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 12/7/07

    Government buildings are not historically associated with sustainability or exquisite design. The U.S. General Service Administration's (GSA) Design Excellence program is changing this perception.
  • Energy for a Developing World

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 10/26/07

    Founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Shakti organization distributes small solar systems and portable bio-gas systems to rural Bangladeshis.
  • The Druk White Lotus School LaDakh

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 11/30/07

    Amidst religious, political and cultural strife in LaDakh, one of the most remote places on earth, is the construction of a new symbol of hope and peace: the Druk White Lotus school.
  • Harvesting the Wind

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 10/19/07

    In southwest Minnesota, wind energy is a burgeoning source of local power and income for farmers. Will the rest of the U.S. follow Minnesota's lead?
  • Deeper Shade of Green

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 7/6/06

    The first season ends with a look to the future. This episode focuses on thinkers and designers of our time: Kenneth Yeang, Werner Sobek and William McDonough. Each is radically changing the face of both architecture and environmentalism.moreless
  • China: From Red to Green?

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 6/29/06

    The series moves to China, whose soaring population and rapid industrialization have created an unprecedented boom in urbanization. In an attempt to tackle this global issue, the episode explores design in both theory and practice.moreless
  • Gray to Green

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 6/22/06

    This episode takes the notion of the three R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) to grand proportions by looking at Boston's "Big Dig" and the massive amount of waste that accompanies the $15 billion project.moreless
  • The Green Machine

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 6/15/06

    In this episode, Mayor Richard Daley take viewers on a tour through Chicago and showcases his mission to make it "the greenest city in America," even turning City Hall into a green-roofed structure.moreless
  • Green for All

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 6/8/06

    This episode follows architect and activist Sergio Palleroni as he continues his mission to provide architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crisis regions.
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