George C. Stoney

Film of the Month: How to Live in a City

‘How to Live in a City’ was written and directed by the public access television pioneer George C. Stoney in 1964. The documentary explores the American city and asks what makes some cities better than others? Stoney argues that the answer lies in the quality of public space.

New York City folk singer and architectural critic Eugene Ruskin guides us through unique locales which illustrate both successful and sterile urban spaces. Ruskin suggests that the success of a public space lies in its ability to attract and sustain a sense of community. 

The documentary was part of a series on the American City produced in cooperation with The University Council on Education for Public Responsibility. The Council, which operated from 1961 to 1975, funded a successful project on urbanism, examining the positive and negative aspects of the American city, resulting in a nationally televised series and a book of selected readings.

How to Live in a City 
Directed: George C. Stoney, USA, 1964, 17mins

Watch the full film here

Posted in: Film Of The Month
Date: June 15, 2015