Jazz Music and Film Clips

Few live film recordings were made in jazz clubs in the 1920s. The low lighting, part of a seductive atmosphere key to the experience, made filming difficult. This was also true of live performance...

"Dinah," Quintette of the Hot Club of France (1934)

American jazz had become very popular in Europe by the 1930s, and the Quintette of the Hot Club of France is a pivotal ensemble from the time period. With violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist...

"Hotter Than That," Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (1927)

Niels Tove Edward Hald’s vase, Rhythm, immediately brings to mind the innovative performance of Louis Armstrong on “Hotter Than That” from 1927. In both Armstrong’s cornet and scat solos,...

"Lost Your Head Blues," Bessie Smith (1926)

Bessie Smith might be the most popular blues artist from the 1920s. Known as the “Empress of the Blues,” she is heard on “Lost Your Head Blues” with Fletcher Henderson on piano and Joseph...

Divining LA: New Tools for Drylands

Hazel is a digital tool for water-smart planning and design that gives cities the data they need to build a healthy local water supply.

The Cross-Border Community Station

An ecological research station, performance space, economic incubator, health clinic, and community classroom, Cross-Border Community Station is planned for Tijuana’s Los Laureles Canyon informal...

A Reciprocal Knowledge Platform

How do we raise awareness of the common interests between divided cities?

The Political Equator

Did you know? Some of the world's most critical border checkpoints are located along the same parallel.

Building Dignity: The Essence of Advocacy

Building Dignity is a flexible and accessible online tool for advocates, architects, and policy makers. It aligns design strategies with emerging thinking on safety, healing, and empowerment for...

Design Behind the Scenes: Textile Storage

See how textiles are stored at Cooper Hewitt in carefully designed archival containers.