Art & Architecture


New! London 55 min.

For decades, London trusted that its sophisticated Thames Barrier would keep it safe from water. But as sea levels rise and rainfall increases, London’s sleeping giant is no longer enough to keep the city safe.

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New! Miami 55 min.

No city on Earth faces a greater threat from rising seas and violent storms than Miami. But as development booms, residents of Miami wonder if engineers and planners can protect them from the water.

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New! New York 55 min.

With 520 miles of shoreline and absolutely no coastal protection, the big question facing New York City is whether one of the world’s greatest cities can defend itself against rising seas and the next big storm.

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New! Sinking Cities 240 min.

As the earth warms, sea levels rise, and super-storms become more frequent and intense, many major coastal cities will soon be under water. Sinking Cities shows New York, London, Tokyo and Miami preparing for the real-time impact of rising seas and devising colossal new construction projects, and groundbreaking solutions aimed at securing their future.

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New! Tokyo 55 min.

One of the world’s most populous cities has the world’s largest problems. From typhoons and tsunamis, to earthquakes, storm surges, and sinking neighborhoods, Tokyo must find new ways of fighting back against the rising waters.

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Color and Light: Episode 7 53 min.

In this episode we explore the roles that color and light have played in the formation of art throughout history. We explore the background of the European use of color and the masterpieces which embraced the radiance of gems and silks, from the use of brilliant colors like ultramarine and vermillion, through to the development of obsession with light and shade. We explore the influences of east o...

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The Cult of Progress: Episode 8 54 min.

This episode is about the "Progress" as an ideology, and how the "civilizing" project that arose from Enlightenment ideas was fraught with contradictions. During a time when many artists turned to non-Western art and culture for inspiration, artists like Albert Bierstadt, George Catlin and Gottfried Lindauer’s captured very different representations of the relationship between Europeans and indige...

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Encounters: Episode 4 54 min.

In the late 1400s, technological advances in seafaring and a thirst for trade conspired to send human beings around the planet further and faster than they'd ever been before. The result was that distant and disparate cultures met for the very first time. It provoked wonder, awe, bafflement and fear. From the magnificent Benin bronzes, recording a relationship of mutual respect and exchange to the...

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God and Art: Episode 3 54 min.

This episode broaches the controversial and divisive topic of religion and art, from antiquity to the present day. We travel the world’s temples, churches, mosques and ancient and symbolic sites through religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. We look at the void that Christianity filled following the collapse of the Roman Empire and the growing skepticism about the older pa...

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How Do We Look? Episode 2 54 min.

This episode explores images of the human body in ancient art. We travel from Mexico and Greece to Egypt and China, finishing in modern day New York, asking why human beings have always made art about themselves. What were these images for? And what does a "realistic" image of the body really tell us about the society that made it? This program explores the place of the human body in politics and...

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