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The Story of Sprawl - With Commentary Tracks

This series of historic films, ranging from 1939 until 1965, offers a unique look at the forces that created urban sprawl. Join expert commentators as we go back in time and uncover how America changed shape. 

  • 143 Mins
  • Published
    2016

This course offers a visual document of how the United States sprawled, as told by a series of historic films ranging from 1939's The City, created by famed planner Lewis Mumford, to 1965's No Time For Ugliness, produced by the American Institute of Architects. Through these films, see how the United States changed shape through the middle of the 20th century, spurred on by the rise of the automobile, G.I.s returning from WWII, and various political interests.

In this course, join expert commentators as we go back in time and uncover how America changed shape. To watch the films on their own, a version without commentary is available: The Story of Sprawl

Image: Nelson Minar