Life in Highrises: An Interactive Documentary Hosted By @theNFB

June 8, 2015 at 8:00 am

After seven years, the multi-award winning interactive documentary, Highrise: The Universe Within (, has finally been completed.  This documentary explores the intersection between the physical and the virtual lives of highrise residents around the world.  It is an experience driven by user choices that allows you to explore the stories in a context that you select.  Each person’s story is told with text, photos, videos, and audio-recorded interviews.

While OSAPAC’s subscription to the teacher edition of The National Film Board of Canada is expiring this summer, the vast majority of NFB resources–including this interactive documentary and its sister projects/documentaries (click the buttons at the bottom of the screen: red Out My Window, teal One Millionth Tower, or blue More)–are still available for free to any user. The documentaries include portions based specifically in Toronto within their global contexts.  The Thousandth Tower ( focuses on 6 highrises located in Toronto.

Some members of this documentary family have educator guides.  To access them, visit and click educate on the bottom lefthand menu.

CBC Metro Morning covered the finale of the Highrise documentary on June 2nd.  To hear the 6 minute radio story, please click here.

The Toronto-focused prologue for Highrise can be viewed here:

Be sure to set aside ample time to explore these engrossing, thought-provoking documentaries!  Of course, please carefully preview any that you may wish to use for instructional purposes.

Contributed by Lauren, Reference & Digital Resources Librarian, TDSB Professional Library

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