Ideas Art We Live In

We love and hate them, but we can't escape them either — we're all obliged to live and work in buildings, and we all have strong feelings about how they look, how they function, and how they affect us. Witold Rybczynski plays architecture tour guide to explore some big questions: What makes buildings work (or not)? What were the architects ...
  • 2014
  • 00:53:58
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/05/2014

Nazi Megastructures Atlantic Wall

To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of a defensive wall stretching thousands of kilometres, from France in the South to Norway in the North. This is the story of how this vast engineering project sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich and faced its ultimate test ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/05/2016

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The Nature of Things Build Green

In a refreshing hour, Build Green advises making the sun, wind and rain — along with dirt, straw and sewage — your friends. By building a house using innovative practices and materials, you'll not only do the earth a favour, but you could save big bucks too. From retro-fitting a hip, old Montreal housing complex with state-of-the-art sustainable energy systems, to ...
  • 2007
  • 00:44:32
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Engineering Connections Burj Al Arab

Richard Hammond checks out the world's tallest and most distinctively shaped hotel, the 320-metre-high Burj Al Arab, or Arabian Tower. Rising from its own custom-built island, 300 metres offshore, the sail-shaped building has already become one of the world's most recognisable buildings, and an icon for Dubai.
  • 2010
  • 00:45:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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World's Toughest Fixes Cirque du Soleil

Join Riley as he travels to Las Vegas to help high-flying Cirque du Soleil solve a real show-stopper of a problem. At the center of the show is the largest, most technologically advanced theater stage in the world – and it's failing.
  • 2010
  • 00:46:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2016

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Master of Disaster Death Trap

Building collapses are common throughout the world. They can crumble without warning, and can take tens of thousands of lives in an instant. Whether caused by a tornado, earthquake, an act of terrorism or poor construction, the aftermath of a collapsed building can be just as deadly as the collapse itself. Unstable floors and walls pose hazardous threats to rescue ...
  • 2008
  • 00:47:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/06/2016

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The National Design in Our Lives: Business Meets Aesthetics

Take a look around you. Almost everything you see started out as an idea in someone's mind. In today's fast-paced and constantly changing world the process of designing and the role of designers is being redefined. How to make objects and space around us more engaging is the job of today's designers. This program looks into the studio environments of ...
  • 2000
  • 00:16:18
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Disrupting Design Disrupting Design, Episode 1

In the first episode of CBC Arts' Disrupting Design, host Matt Galloway looks at innovations in academic architecture (the new Student Centre at Ryerson University), bicycle design (the electric Revelo Flex), and programmable matter (interactive flying microbots callede BitDrones).
  • 2016
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/04/2016

Disrupting Design Disrupting Design, Episode 2

Episode 2 follows the designers working on the Under Gardiner project that tries to transform the under-utilized space below Toronto's elevated expressway; the Calgary design team that created the Belly of a Bear for the Winter Stations Design Competition; and the two architecture students that conceived Flux, an interactive space that uses smart materials to encourage people to experience a tactile ...
  • 2016
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/01/2016

Disrupting Design Disrupting Design, Episode 3

This episode of Disrupting Design catches up with Jason Nolan, director of Ryerson University's Responsive Ecologies Lab and an autistic self-advocate, to talk about some of his design prototypes for special needs children (such as a rocker that encourages self-stimulatory behaviours in autistic children). It also looks at the new Bridgepoint Active Healthcare building to consider whether or not architecture can change ...
  • 2016
  • 00:21:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/09/2016