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NFB’s final chapter, Universe Within: Digital Lives in the Global Highrise

Congratulations to the team at Highrise for releasing a new and final chapter of their award winning web documentary. Highrise is a multi-year documentary project focusing on the suburban Towers of Toronto and nine other cities around the globe.

The latest installment, Universe Within: Digital Lives in the Global Highrise, serves as an interactive narrative revealing the digital human condition of vertical citizens globally. The documentary asks, “trapped in our highrise units, can we find love, hate, peace, god, community—or a better world—online?”


ERA and the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R) had the pleasure of working with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) on this remarkable series, directed by Katerina Cizek, which examines the current conditions and future potential of postwar high-rise living around the world. Previous chapters included the 1000th Tower and One Millionth Tower.

  • Read a related article in the Globe and Mail here.
  • Also view this great photo essay here.