NFB film shows how Toronto’s apartment towers can be revitalized


Enlisting architects, animators and more importantly residents, an NFB film titled One Millionth Tower, provides ideas for revitalizing Toronto’s aging highrises. Some of the ideas include eliminating first floor apartments to make room for cafes and businesses, creating a marketspace, and networks and paths linking to the towers to parks and community gardens. Residents featured in the documentary were awarded a grant to build a new park, a first step in realizing their vision. The film is one of several documentaries featuring Toronto’s apartment housing stock in a series titled Highrise


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