Sprawling from Grace

from Multimedia Library Collection:
Environmental Film Profiles (videos)

Edwards, David M. Sprawling From Grace. Burlington: eMotion Pictures Productions, 2008. HD, 82 min. https://youtu.be/Povsoq-28Tk.

This documentary explores the ravages of American suburban sprawl, what America has lost as a result, and the perils we face if we don’t change the way in which we build our cities. Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security by cheap energy that has allowed us to spread endlessly into our landscape. We are trapped behind the wheels of our automobiles and with the demand for oil outpacing the Earth’s ability to supply it, this suburban living arrangement will fail. Our love affair with the automobile is unsustainable…the wake up call is coming. (Source: Cinema Libre Studio)

© 2008 Cinema Libre Studio. Trailer used with permission.

This film is available at the Rachel Carson Center Library (RCC, 4th floor, Leopoldstrasse 11a, 80802 Munich) for on-site viewing only. For more information, please contact library@rcc.lmu.de.

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Further readings: 
  • Goddard, Joseph. "Landscape and Ambience on the Urban Fringe: From Agricultural to Imagined Countryside." Environment and History 15, no. 4 (2009): 413–39. doi:10.3197/096734009X12532652871956.
  • Lau, Arthur. "Masdar City: A Model of Urban Environmental Sustainability." Hentet 8, no. 10 (2012).
  • Mom, Gijs. The Electric Vehicle: Technology and Expectations in the Automobile Age. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
  • Speck, Jeff. Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time. USA: North Point Press, 2012.
  • Talen, Emily. "Sense of Community and Neighbourhood Form: An Assessment of the Social Doctrine of New Urbanism." Urban Studies 36, no. 8 (1999): 1361–79.
  • Worldwatch Institute, ed. State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future. Washington: Worldwatch Institute, 2007.
  • Yan Song, Yan, and Gerrit-Jan Knaap. "New Urbanism and Housing Values: A Disaggregate Assessment." Journal of Urban Economics 54, no. 2 (2003): 218-38.