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SPACING SHORTS 001: Highrises & vertical suburbs

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Spacing Radio is back — just in smaller doses! We’re calling our new format Spacing Shorts. This means that whenever we have a story to tell we’ll simply post it on the website and deliver it to you through iTunes. There will be audio postcards, urban snapshots, interviews, soundscapes, dispatches, and more… So stay tuned!

To start off our new season we’re talking about highrise apartment buildings. Earlier this year, a United Way report called many of Toronto’s highrises “sites of concentrated poverty.” So how do our highrises compare to those of other cities? Kat Cizek has a pretty good idea. She’s the director of Highrise, the National Film Board’s ongoing exploration of stories inside these tall buildings. The project has posted tales from 13 cities, including Toronto, Sao Paolo, Johannesburg, Bangalore and Chicago… and just last month it won an International Digital Emmy Award for Non-Fiction. Spacing contributor Daniel Guillemette caught up with the director to find out more.

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And a very special thanks to the Toronto band Papermaps for letting us use their track “Reunion” this season!