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The Urban Studies Collection

A collection of over 40 films that explore the challenges facing cities around the world, and the creative solutions being developed to address those challenges.

By 2050, 7 out of every 10 people will live in a city — some 6.4 billion people according to the World Health Organization. THE URBAN STUDIES COLLECTION assembles over 40 essential films that explore the challenges facing cities around the world, and the creative solutions being developed to address those challenges. Filmmakers from around the world look at cities on every continent, providing a truly global perspective on urban life. THE URBAN STUDIES COLLECTION explores the key issues facing city-dwellers, including living space, livability, sustainability, crime, gentrification, politics, finance, sprawl, and the urban ecosystem.

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Dreaming of a Tree HouseDreaming of a Tree House

An exploration of the design and philosophy behind a 20 year-old experimental, ecological collective housing project in the center of Berlin.

Icarus Films ♦ 2012 ♦ 85 minutes ♦ 8-12, college, adult
Edens Lost and Found: ChicagoEdens Lost and Found: Chicago

City Hall and grass roots groups in Chicago are working on open space, green buildings and an educated citizenry to create a sustainable city.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2006 ♦ 57 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult
Edens Lost and Found: Los AngelesEdens Lost and Found: Los Angeles

Is it possible that the City of the Angels can be a model for the world of environmental rebirth?

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2007 ♦ 57 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult
Edens Lost and Found: PhiladelphiaEdens Lost and Found: Philadelphia

Faced with severe budget limitations, Philadelphia's rebirth is being brought about by a network of community-based volunteer organizations.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2006 ♦ 57 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult
Edens Lost and Found: SeattleEdens Lost and Found: Seattle

Recognizing that the human community is growing faster than the aging infrastructure, the city of Seattle created an Office of Sustainability and Environment.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2007 ♦ 57 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult
Electric SignsElectric Signs

Explores the effects of new screen-based advertising sign systems on urban environments and public space.

Icarus Films ♦ 2013 ♦ 58 minutes ♦ 8-12, College, Adult
Fate of a SalesmanFate of a Salesman

An intimate portrait of a way of life on the verge of disappearing.

Icarus Films ♦ 2015 ♦ 27 minutes
Favela FarmFavela Farm

In Brazil can Pedro build a Life App to help the secret world of urban farms and gardens in Rio's shanty towns?

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2013 ♦ 27 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adults
From Courtyard House to Block ApartmentFrom Courtyard House to Block Apartment
Icarus Films ♦ 1987 ♦ 23 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult
Grand ParisGrand Paris

French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to turn Paris into the model super-metropolis for the 21st century, and plenty of world-class architects would like the job.

Icarus Films ♦ 2010 ♦ 50 minutes ♦ 9-12, College, Adult

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