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Jonathan Meades – On The Brandwagon

Posted by Dave (The Void) on October 28, 2007

I live in the most regenerated city on Earth. From Liverpool to Bilbao, strange new “developments” are supposed to be breathing new life into post-industrial Europe. Are they job creation schemes, PFI gentrification, or corporate image made concrete? In this insightful and witty (if occasionally a bit snobbish) documentary (about an hour,h/t SmashingTelly.com), Jonathan Meades explores what he considers to be the lasting legacy of Tony Blair.

(click here to play all six parts)

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Posted in architecture, culture, development, documentary, england, liverpool, manchester, regeneration, uk, urbanism, video | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Beyond Surburbia – Surviving Peak Oil

Posted by Dave (The Void) on October 15, 2007

The oil boom of the 20th century allowed millions of Westerners to flee the cities and spread out over miles of countryside.  That boom is now over and, with oil becoming ever more scarce, that sprawl is looking less and less sustainable.

The End Of Suburbia

This documentary (79 mins) focuses almost entirely on North America, where the oil boom and the attendant rise in car culture and consumerist suburbia took of more than anywhere else.  However, we face similar problems in Britain, Europe and elsewhere, and could do much worse for an watchable and informative introduction to the socioeconomic implications of what’s become known as “Peak Oil”.

(This is just a trailer; click here to watch the full film on Yahoo! video)

The Power Of Community

The island republic of Cuba has already weathered a severe energy famine, when trade with the USSR was cut off by the latter’s collapse in 1991.  In this sequel (53 mins) to The End Of Suburbia looks at the community networks and structures which allow the Cubans to survive on a fraction of their previous fossil fuel consumption.

Posted in america, canada, capitalism, car culture, caribbean, community, consumerism, cuba, documentary, economics, energy, history, oil, peak oil, suburbia, sustainability, urbanism, USA, video | 5 Comments »