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Hagia Sophia - Istanbul's Mystery
Part of the Series: NOVA
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Whether serving as Christian church, Islamic mosque, or secular museum, Hagia Sophia and its soaring dome have inspired reverence and awe. For 800 years, it was the largest enclosed building in the world--the Statue of Liberty can fit beneath its…
Ken Burns: The Brooklyn Bridge
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The "Great East River Bridge" was the largest bridge of its era, a technical achievement of unparalleled scope, marked by enormous construction problems, equally ingenious solutions and heroic human achievement. In unexpected and wonderful ways, the Brooklyn Bridge captured the…
Secrets of the Parthenon
Part of the Series: NOVA
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For 25 centuries the Parthenon has been shot at, set on fire, rocked by earthquakes, looted for its sculptures, almost destroyed by explosion, and disfigured by well-meaning renovations. It has gone from temple, to church, to mosque, to munitions dump.…
The Rise and Fall of Penn Station
Part of the Series: American Experience
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In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East Rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United…
The Hidden Art of Islam - Interpretations of the Quran in Islamic Art
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Muslim belief and tradition specifies that there should be no depictions of God or the Prophet Muhammad. In religious contexts, this constraint on what artists can depict extends to human figures and other living creatures as well. These prohibitions have…
Frederick Law Olmsted - Designing America
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Frederick Law Olmsted was among the first to regard landscape architecture as a profession and a fine art - in fact, with Calvert Vaux he virtually created that profession. Olmsted was also, far and away, the most eminent and successful…
Frank Lloyd Wright: Part I
Part of the Series: Ken Burns' American Lives
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Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career,…
Great Cathedral Mystery
Part of the Series: NOVA
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The dome that crowns Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore--the Duomo--is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth after more than six centuries, it is taller…
10 Towns that Changed America - Towns Designed from the Ground Up
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10 Towns that Changed America focuses on ten "experimental" towns that did not evolve organically over time, but instead were designed (or redesigned) from the ground up by visionary architects, corporations, and citizens, who sought to change the lives of…
Colosseum - Roman Death Trap
Part of the Series: NOVA
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The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical…
Frank Lloyd Wright: Part II
Part of the Series: Ken Burns' American Lives
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Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career,…
10 Parks that Changed America
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10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of 10 visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the…
Libraries - The Design of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, South Mountain Community Library, & Seattle Central Library
Part of the Series: Cool Spaces
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How do you design a library? Go behind the mind of the architect in this episode of COOL SPACES as architect and teacher Stephen Chung presents how the most innovative libraries were designed, featuring the spaces of James B. Hunt…
10 Buildings That Changed America
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10 Buildings That Changed America tells the stories of ten influential works of architecture, the people who imagined them, and the way these landmarks ushered in innovative cultural shifts throughout our society. From American architectural stalwarts like Louis Sullivan and…
Art Spaces - The Design of the Barnes Foundation, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Bloch Building - Nelson-Atkins Museum
Part of the Series: Cool Spaces
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Explore the most beautiful art spaces including the Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia, PA), Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (Charlotte, NC), and Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) in this episode of COOL…
Healing Spaces - The Design of the Health Sciences Education Building in Phoenix, AZ, Yale Health Center, & Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Part of the Series: Cool Spaces
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How do architects design the spaces used for healing? Take some time out of your day to explore the designs behind healing spaces featuring the Health Sciences Education Building (Phoenix, AZ), Yale Health Center (New Haven, CT), and Lou Ruvo…
John Portman - A Life of Building
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Once considered a maverick for challenging industry standards--and shunned by the American Institute of Architects--John Portman is now recognized as one of the most innovative and imitated architects of his time. With the Atlanta Hyatt Regency in 1967, Portman defied…
Inverary
Part of the Series: Great Estates of Scotland
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For more than 500 years, Inveraray Castle has housed the chieftain of one of the world's best-known family clans, the Clan Campbell. It is now the home to the 13th Duke of Argyll, His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, and his…
Kincardine
Part of the Series: Great Estates of Scotland
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The 70-room Kincardine Castle is home to only two people, Andrew and Nicky Bradford. In a little over a century, the castle and its surrounding 3,000-acre estate have gone from being a trifling extravagance for its fabulously rich owners to…
Performing Spaces - The Design of Barclay's Center, Cowboys Stadium & Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Part of the Series: Cool Spaces
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What goes on behind the mind of the architect? In this episode of COOL SPACES, architect and teacher Stephen Chung explores the most provocative performance spaces featuring Barclay's Center (Brooklyn NY), Cowboys Stadium (Dallas, TX), and Kauffman Center for the…