Segments in this Video

Levittown: One Day after People (03:48)


Twenty-three million homes will stand empty in America's suburbs, including New York's prefabricated housing town. Natural gas networks will keep stove and water heater pilot lights burning. If gas leaks occur, homes will explode.

New York: One Week after People (03:52)

Many San Remo apartments feature linseed oil based paints. Cotton painter rags produce heat while reacting with oxygen, leading to spontaneous combustion. The Bronx's Co-op City high rises are built over marshland and are slowly sinking.

Gas Infrastructure: One Month after People (01:52)

Liquefied natural gas is cooled for easier transportation. Without human maintenance, it will heat and become explosive.

Levittown: One Year after People (01:18)

Over winter, pipes will freeze and burst, flooding suburban homes. Mold and dry rot will follow, attracting carpenter ants and termites. Carpenter ants wull prey on termites.

Arctic Regions: Two Years after People (01:07)

Ice blocks comprising Igloos will evaporate; homes will disappear within two years.

Burj Khalifa: Ten Years after People (02:01)

The world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai will suffer corrosion from salty air. Window washing machines suspended from cables will break loose.

Stahl House and Hearst Castle: Fifteen Years after People (03:31)

A glass and steel home located on a cliff defies gravity. A wildfire ravages Los Angeles and destroys vegetation binding the soil. Hearst Castle's hanging ceilings and suspended pool are earthquake resistant. Beach sand was used for the concrete.

Home Invaders (01:34)

Bobcats will move into suburban homes across America—as they did during 2008 foreclosures. Dust mites will feed on bobcat dander and bed bugs will become parasites of birds and bats.

Household Items (03:11)

Paper will decay with exposure to moisture; larvae will eat through wool; and leather will disintegrate. Furniture laminate will peel off and accelerate particle board decomposition; trophies and discs will oxidize. Photographs will rot from moisture and wood acid.

Corbis Archive (01:49)

A refrigerated mine in Pennsylvania preserves 11 million photographs at minus four degrees Fahrenheit.

Balestrino: Sixty Years after People (07:48)

Feudal lords of a medieval Italian village tortured prisoners and oppressed residents who used inferior building materials. Locals abandoned the town in the 1950s, due to earthquake and landslide danger. Structural failure demonstrates the impermanence of homes.

Stahl House: Seventy-Five Years after People (01:04)

California's glass and steel building will collapse in a landslide down a cliff.

Co-op City: One Hundred Years after People (01:34)

Flat roofs drain internally, leaking into insulation. Land will revert to tidal mudflats; waves in the splash zone will weaken the structure and cause its collapse.

Hearst Castle: Two Hundred Years after People (03:03)

The surrounding landscape will look unchanged but zoo animals will roam the grounds. Salt crystals in beach sand will eventually crack the concrete; a major earthquake will destroy the structure.

Burj Khalifa: Two Hundred Fifty Years after People (01:25)

Sandstorms and ocean humidity will shred the exterior of the world's tallest building. Stresses on the lower columns will lead to its collapse.

Three Hundred Years after People (00:57)

The Corbis Archive is meant to be maintained in freezing temperatures. Power failures will warm the mine, leading to photograph destruction.

Ten Thousand Years after People (01:03)

Descendants of housecats will be trapped in their ecological niche by the presence of larger cats, who will rule the ecosystem.

Fifty Million Years after People (02:00)

The geologic strata representing human existence will be enriched with refined materials like plastic. Some plastics may last for millions of years. (Credits)

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Home Wrecked Homes

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This documentary examines the apocalyptic fate of every home in the world. Gas leaks turn suburbs into infernos; paint causes some high-end homes to explode in flames; and low-income housing towers in the Bronx will sink into marshland. Hearst Castle will be toppled by a hidden flaw, while Dubai’s Burj Khalifa will succumb to corrosion from sand storms and salt water. America’s homes will become refuges for bobcats, dust mites and bedbugs while household items will gradually decay. Balestrino, an abandoned Italian village, illustrates how structures will fail over time.

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL130773

Copyright date: ©2010

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