The One Millionth Tower project is part of the remarkable HIGHRISE initiative, which is a collaboration between a group of local residents, ERA Architects, and the NFB working to re-imagine and explore the potential of North Etobicoke’s high-rise Kipling Towers.
The National Film Board of Canada’s HIGHRISE project is a multi-year, multi-media, collaborative documentary project about the human experience in global vertical suburbs, under the direction of documentary-maker Katerina Cizek. The project uses the acclaimed interventionist and participatory approaches of the award-winning National Film Board of Canada’s Filmmaker-in-Residence (FIR) project: The scale is global, but rooted firmly in the FIR philosophy — putting people, process, creativity, collaboration, and innovation first.
While a previous incarnation of the HIGHRISE project, the THOUSANDth Tower, brings the viewer inside the lives of six tower residents, sharing stories of their present experience, the One Millionth Tower showcases the bold ideas that residents have in re-imagining what their neighbourhood could become in the future. Through a series of directed workshops, the residents focus on the potential of the apartment site, surrounding landscape, and larger neighbourhood, with the aim of improving connectivity, increasing neighbourhood vitality, and providing spaces tuned to their collective, contemporary needs. They have focused equally on larger planning initiatives and smaller, immediately implementable interventions.
They have been dreaming big, and planning for ways to translate their dreams into reality.
Check out the interactive, open-source documentary online at the NFB’s website.