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  • The Life of a City: A new documentary looks to urban planning to solve tomorrow's problems

    The Life of a City: A new documentary looks to urban planning to solve tomorrow's problems
    If you're optimistic about our chances of tackling the big challenges facing humanity in the 21st century — poverty, overpopulation, the environment, the fair allocation of political power — then you're likely to feel good about the state of cities. After all, over 50 percent of the world's population now lives in cities, and experts expect that number to soar to something like 70 percent by the middle of this century. If the aforementioned problems are to be solved, their solutions will probably be found in an urban context. Cities consume 75 percent of world energy, so a small improvement in urban power usage can have a huge effect. Urbanized, a new feature-length documentary by filmmaker Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Objectified), explores the world of contemporary urban design, showcasing how city planning is likely to shape the ways we live and think about shared communal space well into the future. (The film premieres in Hartford this week.) Whether we have good reason to be optimistic is a question left unanswered by the documentary.
  • Reading L.A.: Introducing a yearlong project

     
    Los Angeles, with its car-dominated landscape and unusually dense brand of sprawl, can be a slippery place to get a handle on. As the architect Charles Moore put it in the introduction to "The City Observed: Los Angeles," the 1984...

    Reading L.A.: Richard G. Lillard on the growth machine and its discontents

     
    New essay in Reading L.A. series by architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, this one on the book Eden in Jeopardy by Richard G. Lillard, a book on architecture, the environment, ecology and growth in Los Angeles and Southern California.

    Birthday Wishes

    Birthday Wishes
    You say it's your birthday? Let us tell our viewers! Send your birthday wishes at least two weeks in advance to the addresses below: email: birthdays@kwch.com Mail: Birthday Wishes 2815 E. 37th N. Wichita, KS, 67219 Include a self-addressed...

    'The Death and Life of the Great American School System' by Diane Ravitch

    'The Death and Life of the Great American School System' by Diane Ravitch
    The Death and Life of the Great American School System How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education Diane Ravitch Basic Books: 284 pp., $26.95 Diane Ravitch, probably this nation's most respected historian of education and long one of our most...