This morning on CBC, Jian Ghomeshi interviewed a documentary filmmaker working on a project about highrises. I have to admit, from where I sat (smack in the middle of a very large cluster of tall towers) the idea seemed a little underwhelming. But as filmmaker Katerina Cizek talked, I came to see why she would be so interested in what seems at first to be a mundane topic. These places are part of the landscape of the city, yes, but they are also, quite literally, stacked with people that have stories to tell. After the interview, I took a look at the Highrise project website. It is fabulous: a testament to what a creative mind, a little funding, and a whole lot of public interaction can do with one fairly simple idea.
Erin Bedford, writer.