Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Films From The Vaults: NW Architecture & Structures

The Media Center has been awarded a Friends of the Libraries grant to simultaneously screen, digitize, and broadcast several hundred orphaned films from the Educational Media Collection. The project, called Films From The Vaults, begins this October 19 (in OUGL 220, from 9-Noon) and will focus on NW architecture and structures. Esteemed Built Environments Librarian Alan Michelson will be on hand to offer pithy insights and critiques in those awkward silences that crop up between films. Can't make it in person? Tune in live for an even grainier experience here. This is our inaugural (1st of 18) screenings, so check back here periodically for updates on future dates and themes.

Screening schedule for the 19th:

  1. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Failure - 1964 - color - 21 min - 16mm - Photographs showing the construction and opening day ceremonies and then the movements of the bridge that led to its collapse. Scale models made later by the Engineering Experiment Station at the University of Washington show the identical movements when subjected to stresses duplicating those which caused the bridge collapse. Topics: (Civil Engineering, Engineering, Pacific Northwest)
  2. Newsreel 1940, Includes Tacoma Bridge Collapse - 1940 - b & w - 10 min - 16mm - Events of 1940 including: The Battle of Britain, the military draft in the United States, President Roosevelt defeating Wendell Wilkie and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsing in the wake of heavy winds. Topics: (Communications, History: American, Pacific Northwest)
  3. The Space Needle Story - 1965 ----- b & w ----- 14 min ----- 16mm - Contains historic footage of the erection of the needle from the foundation in which the center of gravity is below ground level, to the 50 foot spire at its' top rising over 600 feet in the air. Topics: (Building Construction, Civil Engineering, Pacific Northwest)
  4. The Rebuilding of a Port - 1972 ----- color ----- 12 min ----- 16mm - In 1960 as a result of a television documentary exposing the inadequacies of the Port of Seattle, the city presented a bond issue to the voters. Subsequently the improvements in the ability of the port to handle the new container mode of shipped goods has made Seattle the third largest port in the United States and the sixth largest in the world, just behind London. Together with the massive rebuilding of the waterfront facilities, the port undertook the complete modernization of the Sea-Tac International Airport. Topics: (Pacific Northwest, Transportation, Urban Planning/Restoration)
  5. Fountain/Sculpture - 1975 ----- color ----- 18 min ----- 16mm Documents the step by step fabrication of a major fountain/sculpture commission by George Tsutakawa. Starting with the design of the model, the evolution of the work is followed through to the final installation at the 1974 World's Fair, Spokane, Washington. The artist discusses his approach and philosophy. Mr. Tsutakawa has completed over 50 major fountain/sculpture commissions during the past 17 years. Topics: (Artists, Landscape Architecture, Pacific Northwest, Sculpture)
  6. The Kingdome - 1977 ----- color ----- 17 min ----- 16mm - Chronicles the construction of King County's multi-purpose, domed stadium. Traces the stadium project from ground-breaking to completion. Reference to Pioneer Square and the history of the stadium site is included. Film of the inaugural ceremonies and dedication on March 27, 1976, is interwoven with construction scenes in a series of flashbacks. The arrival of the Seattle Sounders, the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners provides an additional dimension and meaning to the Kingdome and this presentation. Topics: (Engineering, Pacific Northwest, Urban Planning/Restoration)
  7. Ports: The Peoples' Business - 1979 ----- color ----- 29 min ----- 16mm - From 1852 when the first cargo of logs was shipped out of Seattle to San Francisco, ports around the Puget Sound have been an increasingly complicated issue. In 1910 the railroads covered the entire length of Seattle's waterfront. Yet the Port of Seattle is a public industry--a servant of the people--providing more than 60,000 jobs in the Greater Seattle area. (Produced by the Washington Sea Grant Program). Topics: (Cities and Towns, Economics, Pacific Northwest)

1 comment:

James R Gibbs said...

Very informative and detailed. Thanks!