March 22, 2012

"The Sprawling of America" (video review)

Alex MacLean, Highway interchange, Detroit, Michigan, 1995
© Alex MacLean / Landslides
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

The Sprawling of America

This excellent two-part documentary takes an in depth look at the early beginnings and increasing drawbacks of suburban sprawl in Michigan. The film particularly studies the example of Detroit, covering how the 1940’s housing crisis and racial tension in the city led to the depopulation of Detroit and the expansion of the suburbs. Aggravated by government policies that supported suburbs and the lack of public transportation in Detroit, the suburban way of life has become increasingly unsustainable and detrimental to the city. The growth of suburbs has also affected rural areas and farming in negative ways, rapidly decreasing the availability of land for food production. Yet, all is not lost. While Detroit is not the only city in the U.S. to be suffering from these problems, there are cities that are working to make their city centers vital, living communities and to reduce the suburban sprawl. From the east coast to the west coast new policies are being explored that value sustainable land use and the increasing walkability and livability of a city, and provide valuable ideas for the city of Detroit and other U.S. cities suffering from sprawl.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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March 08, 2012

"Mustang" (video review)

Lo Manthang, Capital of Upper Mustang, Nepal
Source: Boerniefischer, Wikimedia Commons
Attribution: GFDL, CC BY 3.0

Mustang: Journey of Transformation
Will Parrinello, producer/director; Sarah Kass, writer
PBS Home Video

Situated in the north of Nepal and just south of Tibet, Mustang is a region that is technically part of the country of Nepal, but shares closer cultural ties with Tibet. Once a major trading site on the Silk Road, Mustang experienced its Golden Era during the middle ages and spent much of its wealth building its grand Buddhist monasteries. The monasteries, with their exquisite decoration, became crucial centers for education and tradition in the culture of Mustang. However, during the 18th century the wealth and trade of Mustang began to decline with the onset of conflicts and wars that eventually led to the region being closed off from the rest of the world. In 1991, the southern border of Mustang was finally re-opened, and conservators were welcomed to begin restoration projects for their ancient monasteries. John Sanday, a conservation architect, worked four years to repair and stabilize the structures with the approval of Mustang’s king, Jigme Palbar Bista. Luigi Fieni, an Italian conservationist, then began a ten-year project to restore the elaborate mural programs within the monasteries. Fieni worked to train local villagers in restoration work, thus involving and reconnecting the people of Mustang with their rich heritage. Featuring interviews with the conservationists, the Dalai Lama, and the people of Mustang, the film documents the truly inspiring efforts of a society to preserve their culture and identity.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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January 19, 2012

"Beijing Taxi" (video review)

A taxi waits near the Beijing Railway Station, Saturday, July 26, 2008, in Beijing.
© AP Photo / Robert F. Bukaty
Source: AP Images

Beijing Taxi
a film by Miao Wang

Miao Wang documents a rapidly changing city beginning two years before the 2008 Summer Olympics held in China. These changes are examined through the views of three taxi drivers who know the city and its ins and outs better than anyone else. Taxi driver Bai Jiwen shares the struggles of being a driver in the current economic situation and his dreams of retiring and traveling the world as a photographer. Zhou Yi also recognizes the affects the alterations of the city have on the taxi business and decides to change careers. Wei Caixi is a restless mother who went into taxi driving because the freedom of the job appealed to her. Even so, she becomes disillusioned with the practicality of the job as the whole nature of the city is transformed, and decides to open her own shop. Culminating with the start of the Olympics, the opportunities as well as the detriments to local businesses and shops are presented along with the reshaping of the lives of three taxi drivers in Beijing.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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December 20, 2011

"The Tugendhat House" (video review)

Mies van der Rohe, Tugendhat Villa, Brno, Czech Republic, 1928-1930
Street facade, 2001
Photographer: Mark Weber/World Monuments Fund
Source: ARTstor

The Tugendhat House: Mies van der Rohe’s Czech Masterpiece

Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat, a member of the family that originally owned Mies van der Rohe’s famous Tugendhat House, wrote a book on her family’s experiences there and for this film shares photos and stories about her family home. At the time of its construction, the argument made by many critics was that it was inhabitable and would serve better as a museum building rather than a home. However, Daniela portrays the Tugendhat House as it was when her family owned it and argues it was ideal in its architectural design as a living space. Added as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001, the film also portrays the unique architectural features Mies van der Rohe created for his masterpiece as well as its turbulent history as a family home, soldiers barrack during WWII, dance studio, hospital and finally a public museum.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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December 15, 2011

"No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee" (video review)

No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee: what do you do when none of your heroes look like you?
Produced and Directed by Janice Tanaka

In her film Janice Tanaka addresses and examines Asian stereotypes upheld in movies and television and the often hurtful or one-dimensional nature they have. Asking the question “What do you do when none of your heroes look like you?” she examines the two limited extremes that Asians are often portrayed as: the servile and obliging character exemplified by Hop Sing in the television series Bonanza; or the mystical martial arts master portrayed in films by actors such as Bruce Lee. Interviews with Asian businessmen, actors and artists present their views and understandings of what it meant to be Asian growing up in America and how the portrayals they saw in the media affected them. All in all the film aims to present a wider view of Asian culture and peoples and to denounce the limited media stereotypes that have been imposed upon them.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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December 01, 2011

"Two Square Miles" (video review)

© Filmakers Library
Source: Filmakers Library

Two Square Miles

In the small town of Hudson, N.Y. many are adjusting to the changes that have occurred over the years. Having gone from an industrial town, to a mostly abandoned one, and finally to the present with local businesses on the rise and new residents moving in, Hudson citizens must decide what they want the future of their town to look like. When the city council presents a bid by Saint Lawrence Cement to put a cement plant on the outskirts of the town, there are many divided between the jobs it would provide and the environmental and health problems it would cause. However, the majority of the town’s citizens decide against the cement plant and work together to convince the city council that this is not what they want, despite the council’s eagerness to accept the plant deal. Ultimately the film asks the question: Can the citizens of a small town work together to build and shape their desired community or will corporate America win out?

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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November 03, 2011

"Citizen Architect" (video review)

At left, the Music Man and Rural Studio instructor Jay Sanders oversee the construction of a handrail on the back steps of the "Music Man House" in rural Hale County, Alabama, May 20, 2003.
© AP Photo/Michael E. Palmer
Source: AP Images

Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
directed and edited by Sam Wainwright Douglas

Instructor Jay Sanders and his students from the Rural Studio work to create a new home for Jimmie Lee Matthews, also known as the "Music Man", in Newbern, Alabama. Begun by Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee in 1993, the Rural Studio has worked to give architectural students of Auburn University hands-on experience in building the structures they design as well as the opportunity to help and make a difference in poor, rural communities. While Sambo passed away in 2001, his legacy continues with the Rural Studio. Family, friends, students, and co-workers comment on Sambo’s groundbreaking approach to architecture and how he sought to make architecture something for everyone. The film also covers some of the many different architectural projects conducted by the Rural Studio such as the Yancey Tire Chapel, the Butterfly House, and at the end the results of the Music Man’s new house.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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October 06, 2011

"Waste Land" (video review)

Jardim Gramacho: February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

Waste Land
Directed by Lucy Walker

Vik Muniz, a contemporary artist based in New York and originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, takes on one of his largest projects at one of the world’s largest landfills, the Jardim Gramacho of Rio de Janeiro. In this film, Muniz photographs and interviews the people of Jardim Gramacho, who are known as the "Pickers" for their job of collecting recyclable materials from the landfill. Their individual personalities emerge as Muniz works with Tião Santos, the leader of the Association of Pickers of Jardim Gramacho, to understand the conditions at Gramacho and what is being done to improve them. Working with Muniz and providing their own creativity and inspiration, the Pickers help create their own stunning portraits from the photos Muniz takes and the materials of the landfill. Throughout the film Muniz addresses the question “Can art change people?” and by the end both he and the Pickers have their own answers to this question.

Jardim Gramacho: woman collecting recyclable material, February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

Jardim Gramacho: workers collecting recyclable material, February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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October 04, 2011

Pictures of Resistance

Shish Detachment Field Operating Table, Forests around Pinsk, 1943
© Faye Schulman
Source: JPEF/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery in Room 100

With her leopard print coat, camera bag slung over her shoulder and striking features, Faye Schulman looks out of place holding a rifle in a exhibited photograph of resistance fighters. Yet as a partisan, nurse, and photographer, Faye fought for her own survival as well as the survival of others during WWII. Having helped her brother in his photography studio, Faye was chosen to take ID photos for the Nazis after the invasion of her home in Lenin, in Southern Poland. However, Faye escaped into the forest and became a member of the Molotova Brigade, a Soviet Union resistance group, and documented her experiences with her camera. The exhibition features the photos she took of the partisan members along with captions written by Faye describing the hardships they all endured, their will to survive and fight, and their tremendous courage.

The exhibition runs from September 6th - November 27th, 2011, with the Exhibit Opening scheduled for October 5 from 4:00–5:30 pm, and related lectures and films thereafter.

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September 22, 2011

"To Market To Market" (video review)

To Market To Market To Buy a Fat Pig
PBS Home Video

Travel across the U.S. with Rick Sebak as he tastes food, searches for a fat pig and has fun exploring the farmers’ markets of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Lancaster Market in Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; Asheville, North Carolina; Decatur, Georgia; Santa Monica, California; Hilo, Hawaii and the West Side Market in Cleveland. Each market claims to be the best but what they all share in common is fresh food and a friendly, social environment. Yet at the same time each market has something different to offer, from Decatur market with its wealth of international foods and people to the market in Hilo with its abundant pineapples and coconuts. Sebak discovers how these unique markets have developed, their important role in their communities and the traditions they carry on through generations of farmers and market goers.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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July 21, 2011

"Off the Grid" (video review)

© Still Point Pictures

Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa
Still Point Pictures

Off the Grid documents the life of a community connected by their desires of having no boundaries and living by their own rules. The community’s location in the isolated desert area of New Mexico known as the mesa makes achieving this lifestyle difficult, and the inhabitants must aid each other in developing innovative ways to gather food and water. The documentary also covers the tricky balance the inhabitants maintain in keeping their own laws and the run-ins they have with the authorities. Yet their laws are also capable of dealing with the different situations that arise, such as teenage runaways stealing from their community. While still in the United States, the mesa is its own realm created by the strong-willed nature of the people who choose to live there.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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July 04, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Declaration of Independence
Engraving, printed in 1823 by William J. Stone
Source: National Archives: America's Historical Documents

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June 16, 2011

"The End of Suburbia" (video review)

Cul-de-sac housing development, Gaithersburg, Maryland, ca. 1995
© Alex Maclean, Landslides Aerial Photography
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
Electric Wallpaper Co.

The End of Suburbia travels back in time to the rise of the suburb and its place in the “American Dream”, examining life in the suburbs from its origins to the present day. The suburbs were posed as an alternative and even an escape from living in the industrial city, yet the problems and difficulties surrounding such a lifestyle are becoming ever more apparent. Furthermore, as the world’s oil supply decreases so does the ability to live in the suburbs. After bringing these issues to light and recognizing that more sustainable living styles need to be adopted, the film proceeds to explore the question of “what next?” Urban planners, scientists and economists present measures of alternative energy resources, examine the development of desirable urban living, and seek to draw awareness to how the American lifestyle will need to change and adapt to the future.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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June 03, 2011

"The Shakers"

Shakers stand in front of the Meeting House at the Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H., circa 1888.
© AP Photo/Canterbury Shaker Village
Source: AP Images

The Shakers: I don’t want to be remembered as a chair
A BBC-TV Production

This documentary thoughtfully examines the last remaining Shakers in America who are overshadowed by the popularity and perceived value of their quality furniture and crafts. While these Shakers prefer to be known for their faith and simple way of life, it is their material goods that have drawn the most attention. In interviews addressing their problematic identity, the Shaker members tell humorous anecdotes about their encounters with the general public. Yet the trend for anything Shaker amongst wealthy collectors, including celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, and the exorbitant prices they are willing to pay leave open the question of how the Shakers will be remembered.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Bell Tower Building, Shaker Village, Canterbury, N.H.
© b givens
Source: flickr

Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H.
© Miles Davis
Source: flickr

Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H.
© E. Christopher Clark
Source: flickr

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May 05, 2011

"Future by Design" (video review)

© Doug Drexler/concept and design by Jacque Fresco

Future by Design
DocFlix Movies
Produced and directed by William Gazecki

Jacque Fresco, the artist, social engineer and industrial designer, is compared to Leonardo da Vinci in the versatility of his work and his exploration of technology in this documentary on his life and creations. From inventing surgical tools to designing underwater cities, Fresco elaborates on his passion for the use of future design and technology to improve the world.

Fresco also shares his early inspiration and fascination with the future drawn from films such as Metropolis and his encounters with Buckminster Fuller and Albert Einstein. Giving a tour of his home in Florida, he introduces what is known as The Venus Project, a full-scale model of homes surrounded with natural environment that he designed for future living. In his studio Fresco describes his dreams, designs and innovations for homes and cities, exhibiting the workplace and models he has created for his captivating vision of the future.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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April 12, 2011

50th Anniversary of the First Human Spaceflight

Yuri Gagarin
Source: NASA

On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. The rocket carrying Gagarin's Vostok 1 spacecraft blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Soviet Union, reaching unprecedented speeds for human travel at the time before it broke free of the Earth's gravitational pull and entered orbit around the planet, circling once before re-entering the atmosphere and landing back on Soviet soil.

Vostok rocket on its launcher
© AP Photo/File
Source: AP Images

YouTube is celebrating 50 years of human spaceflight with the premiere of an hour-and-a-half long video, First orbit, that recreates, in real-time, Yuri Gagarin's flight. It was shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station. The film combines this new footage with Gagarin's original mission audio and a new musical score by composer Philip Sheppard.

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February 10, 2011

"Sustainable Urban Living" (video review)

November the 15th Street - also known as Flower Street, Curitiba, Brazil
© Mathieu Bertrand Struck
Source: Wikipedia

Sustainable Urban Living: A South American Case Study
Produced by Peter Beeh

This narrated, straightforward presentation focuses on the urban development of Curitiba, Brazil and the tactics the city has employed to remain an environmentally friendly city despite its industrialization. The film relates five aspects that serve the city and its residents, and features interviews with Jaime Lerner, the architect who played a major role in implementing them.

Beginning with the recycling and garbage system in place since the 1980s, Curitiba has brought an open and innovative approach: for example, creating things such as libraries with thrown away books. Other innovative features include the Solution of the Parks, which helped the city's flood problem by turning riverbanks into park areas and creating lakes; the Integrated Transport, which includes a bus system with Curitiba and Volvo's joint invention of the bi-articulated bus; and the Green Exchange, a program designed to aid lower income residents. The final aspect covered is Curitiba's urban planning, and the inclusion of a mall at the heart of the city that is strictly a pedestrian area, encouraging life at the city center beneficial to shop owners and residents alike. Overall this brief film examines Curitiba as a healthy and vibrant urban center.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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November 04, 2010

"Echoes of Forgotten Places" (video review)

Detroits Challenge
© Carlos Osorio
Source: AP Images

Echoes of Forgotten Places: Urban Exploration, Industrial Archaeology and the Aesthetics of Decay
Presented by Scribble Media, written and produced by Robert Fantinatto and Leesa Beales

The exploration of abandoned buildings is portrayed through quiet film shots, narration, and the presentation of the archaeologists and photographers who explore these spaces sharing their views and experiences. The film records various trips with photographers who seek to capture the poetic nature of these buildings and their ruined state. Attempting to portray the fascination with these spaces, many photographers aim to show the hold they have on the visitor as well as to bring awareness to the loss of historically significant buildings and the need for their preservation. Bonus features include an image gallery which provides various photographers' works with abandoned buildings, and the 1936 film, Steel: A Symphony of Industry (produced by Audio Productions on the American Iron and Steel Institute). A short, narrated film, it depicts the various techniques of steel production including the Bessemer converter, electric furnace, and open hearth as well as showing the forgotten vitality of these industrial buildings.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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September 14, 2010

Creative Commons License for UMHS ImageBank

Dr. Paul Park using the O-Arm precision surgical imaging unit in OR, June 4, 2008
Photo by Martin Vloet

The University of Michigan Health System has a terrific image database of the architecture, campus and urban setting, and work of the hospital and medical school system.

And, in consultation with the University Library Copyright Office, the University of Michigan Medical School Public Relations and Marketing Communications has adopted a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license for all of the images in their Health System ImageBank!

What does this mean? You can use any image posted to their imagebank provided your use of the image is noncommercial and provided you give appropriate attribution: cite the image!*

Michigan Stadium, May 18, 2009
Photo by Martin Vloet

Biomedical Science Research Building

*Courtesy University of Michigan, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license

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February 08, 2010

Beyond the Motor City

"Beyond the Motor City: Detroit and the American transportation system now and in the future" premiers Monday, February 8 at 10 pm on PBS television stations and on their website. The documentary is part of Blueprint America, a multiplatform production of PBS addressing the critical issue of the nation's failing infrastructure. The website provides interviews, blogs, web videos, expert analyses, and documentaries.

University of Michigan Professor Robert Fishman is a featured interview in the documentary and his paper 1808 - 1908 - 2008 National Planning for America also appears on the "Beyond the Motor City" report site.

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December 07, 2009

Click: Photography Changes Everything

The Smithsonian recently announced an online exhibition exploring how photography changes the way we see and experience the world. Invited contributors have offered essays and stories discussing how photography shapes our culture and our lives. The exhibition Click: Photography Changes Everything explores the following themes: Where We Go; What We Want; What We Do; What We See; What We Remember, and Who We Are. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2009, so click through today!

To submit your own photo and story, go here:

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September 14, 2009

The Labadie Collection

Did you know that the University of Michigan is home to the oldest collection dedicated to documenting social protest and radical political movements? The Labadie Collection, named for native Michigander and activist Joseph Antoine Labadie, is now physically housed on the seventh floor of the Hatcher Library. In addition, many of the collection's images are available online to UM students, faculty and staff.

Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X. New York City, 9/15/62? Photo by O.L. Abel (Click on the image to go to the original picture in the Labadie Collection)

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September 04, 2009

Welcome to the University!!

Moving In (1981?)
Photo the Bentley Historical Library Digital Image Bank.

Welcome back or welcome! Times may have changed and more than likely you didn't come here in the family station wagon. What hasn't changed is the "Go Blue!" bumper sticker, a supply of Vernors ginger ale, and the fact that you need the best resources available. Keep an eye on this blog for all sorts of image-gathering and image-using ideas. If you don't find what you need, ask us!! aael/

Keep an eye on the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library webpage for resources and tips to help you in your studies.

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July 29, 2009

U.S. Geological Survey

As you would expect, the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library is a rich source for images of the American landscape and natural wonders. However, did you know the U.S.G.S. also archived portraits, images of pioneers, Native Americans and settlers? There are great gems like the series of photographs documenting how an Inuit tent is made. Best of all, the entire collection is public domain, so the images are free to be published, posted, and shared.

Click on the images for source information

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May 29, 2009

A new website may make getting all kinds of information a whole lot easier. promises to host data sets from geospatial information to census data thanks to the Open Government Initiative. You can search by types of data, search for widgets, and find source pages for most of the material.

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March 27, 2009

Smart City Radio

Smart City Radio is a weekly talk show discussing different issues regarding urban life, lifestyle, and sustainability. The host of the show is Carol Coletta, president of CEOs for Cities and internationally recognized urban expert. Some of the recent topic have been Resilient cities, America's Transportation Strategy, and the History of Food. Whether you're a designer, planner, or just someone interested in being green, the weekly show might be a good addition to your podcast subscriptions.

iTunes subscription
mp3 feed

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March 10, 2009

E2 Series

If you're interested in environmentally conscious design, planning and architecture, the PBS series E2 Design might be of interest to you. The Visual Resources Collection owns season 1, 2, and 3. You can also watch the third season online for the time being at the E2 Design Website.

If you can't completely get you green fix from the episodes, there are PBS E2 podcasts to supplement each segment of the series. The PBS E2 site also provides teachers' guides and project suggestions to accompany the videos if shown in class.

logo above © Kontentreal and displayed here for promotional and educational reasons

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March 03, 2009

Brooklyn Museum and the Crowd as Curator

If you haven't already heard of the Brooklyn Museum's Click! exhibition, you might want to check the website out. The show sprung from the ideas around the intelligence of large groups laid out by the book, The Wisdom of Crowds. The Brooklyn Museum allowed users to log in and vote on images one time and without knowing how others were voting. Based on the results, the museum printed the images to mirror its popularity with the online users. On the results page you can see the images and graphical data on how votes were cast based on location and expertise. Reviews of the show are definitely mixed, but whether you agree with the crowd's selection, what remains regardless of are important questions about how we digest art in the 21st century, the differences between curatorial expertise and the average person, and where the failures of current curatorial practices might be.

Listen to a discussion of the exhibition below:

Image above: screen shot of the virtual tour of the Click! Exhibition available of the Brooklyn Museum's website

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February 26, 2009

David Rumsey Historical Maps

The David Rumsey Cartography Collection is a large resource for finding historical maps. Over 13,600 maps make up the collection. The collection consists mostly of items from the 18th and 19th century Americas like maritime charts, atlases, and globes. Many items from the collection are integrated with Google Earth. The maps are overlaid on contemporary images, and you can change the transparency of the maps to see how the areas have changed. You can view the maps from the collection website. If you'd like, you can even visit the collection in Second Life.

Also listed on the cartography collections page are several universities' map collections. All of the collections are available from computers located on the university campus with only two being inaccessible from non-university computers.

image: Hall, E.S.; Lloyd, H.H.; Waters & Son, Military Portraits. Glossary Of War Terms, Maps, Arms, Etc. (Map of) Maryland, Virginia, Chesapeake Bay, Etc., Etc. Published by H.H. Lloyd & Co., 25 Howard Street, New York. 1861, © David Ramsey Collection

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January 08, 2009

Lantern Slide Collections

Before there were digital images, glass or Plexiglas slides, there were lantern slides. Lantern slides are larger than more modern film-based slides and usually have dimensions between 3" and 4". Sometimes the slide is developed directly onto emulsion coated on the glass, and other times film is placed between two pieces of glass. In many cases the images are painstakingly hand-colored.

The Art, Architecture, & Engineering Library has its own Collection of Lantern Slides. The majority of the collection has been digitized, but many of the undigitized images are of poor quality, damaged or fragile.

Because lantern slides production ended with the advent of smaller more sturdy glass and film slides, their production ended in the mid-twentieth century. This makes them a great resource for historical images.

Click here to view a sampling of the Lantern Slide Collection.

There are other lantern slide collections available on the web, a good one to check out is the George Eastman House Collection. There is also the Walter McClintock Glass Lantern Slide Collection at Yale.

Click on the image to view information details.

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December 10, 2008

iTunes U

In several of the entries, we've mentioned how particular institutions offer podcasts or streaming audio or video. However, there's also a great source of broader strictly educational material available on iTunes U. Many students and faculty may already be using the University of Michigan materials located on iTunes U, whether public lectures or private course offerings.

The Penny W. Stamps Lectures as well as TCAUP lectures are frequently posted to iTunes U, but access to audio and video podcasts through iTunes U is not limited only to University of Michigan programs. Many museums and other Universities also post lectures or instructional videos. In the Fine Arts category, for example, you can find everything from lectures on Rembrandt to demonstrations of how to use Final Cut Pro or Dreamweaver.

If you want to find lectures or performances from a museum, click the "Beyond Campus" button on the left of the screen, this will bring you to a list that includes institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the National Science Digital Library. So, whether you're a mac or pc person, art student, chemistry major or engineering grad, there's something on iTunes U for you.

If you're a faculty member and are interested in offering extra items or recordings of your lectures on iTunes U contact: Make sure to check out the contribute page on Michigan's iTunes U for copyright policies and other instructions.

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October 21, 2008

Jane Evelyn Atwood

The Penny W. Stamps lecture for October 23 will be Jane Evelyn Atwood. The photojournalist has spent her long career photographing the lives of prostitutes, those suffering from AIDS, blind children, incarcerated women, and land mine survivors. Her work has been widely used in numerous publications from Anthropological Quarterly to Vanity Fair and countless others. Her talk will emphasize her journalistic and photographic methods.

For more information and portfolios, read further.

Agency VU portfolio

Contact Press Portfolio

Too Much Time at Amnesty International

University of Michigan's copies of Too Much Time: Women in Prison

Interview in the Paris Voice

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