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In post-production, Irvana is a 90-minute documentary tracing the physical and social landscapes of Irvine, California. The nearly-utopian, yet profit-driven master-planned development has been named the safest and most ethnically integrated city in America and simultaneously is derided as a boring sea of beige stucco, devoid of cultural life. How is Irvine viewed today by scholars, residents, newly arrived immigrants and the economically excluded? A study of large-scale place-making, Irvana explores Irvine’s growth from heroic modernist rationality and architecture to the refined trademark “resort-style” brand perfected by current Irvine Company owner Donald Bren, the wealthiest real estate developer in the U.S.

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