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Katerina Cizek, Author, in the MIT Open Documentary Lab blog
“Highrise is founded on the idea of inter-disciplinary collaboration. So our teams include a broad scope of disciplines: architects, urban planners, academics, civil servants, landlords, community engagement officers, animators, web developers, art directors, creative technologists, sound designers, and, of course, highrise residents themselves.”
To create Highrise: One Millionth Tower, the 2011 iteration of the National Film Board of Canada’s five-year Highrise initiative, a group of Toronto apartment residents worked with filmmaker Katerina Cizek, architects, and animators to visualize their hopes for the community. Audience members can explore the collaborators’ redesigned virtual highrise, which includes a basketball court and community gardens—amenities that the Toronto-based highrise lacked. All of the improvements are designed to foster community and well-being and include commentary from the residents about the current state of the building as well as the potential for transformation.