Van Alen Short Documentaries on Infrastructure | Episode 3 launches Feb. 17

Van Alen Sessions is an online short-documentary series highlighting current debates about urban infrastructure, presented with The Atlantic and CityLab.

The first of the three episode season of Van Alen Sessions, Tunnel Vision, directed and produced by artist and journalist Kelly Loudenberg, leads viewers through the $20 billion Gateway Project, a high-speed rail corridor designed to alleviate the bottleneck along the Northeast Corridor. The video offers new vantage points into ongoing tunnel construction, offset with first-hand accounts from New Jersey Transit and Amtrak commuters.

Episode Two offers backstage access to the technology lab working on a prototype for Hyperloop, a $6 billion high-speed transportation system connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco. Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for The Los Angeles Times, frames the project within the larger context of high-speed rail initiatives in California and the debate surrounding private versus public investment in infrastructure.

On February 17, join Van Alen for a watch party of Van Alen Sessions Season One: Tunnel Vision! Raise a glass at Van Alen’s Flatiron hub, where projects are projected on a loop. Attendees are welcome to drop in, catch an episode, and mingle with members of the team behind the project.

Source: Van Alen Sessions | Van Alen Institute