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Storefront Manitoba Playlist is a monthly curated list of filmspodcasts, and other resources that aim to entertain, inspire, enrich, and advance critical discussion. 


April's playlist is inspired by World Landscape Architecture month exploring the work of landscape architects, public space, and the land we inhabit.

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2020 | 90 Minutes 

TVO and the National Film Board of Canada present Kevin McMahon’s Borealis—an immersive journey into the heart of Canada’s iconic boreal forest. The film exposes the chorus of life in the forest, offering a portrait of its lifecycles from the perspective of the plants and animals that live there. An artful balance of science and spirit, Borealis calls on the voices of scientists, Indigenous people, and environmentalists to make clear the urgent need for greater understanding and alliances with the natural world.

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2012 | 74 Minutes 

Women in the Dirt is about the groundbreaking work of seven landscape architects. Their projects highlight both their architectural and landscape principals while passionately advocating sustainability and beauty. The scope of their work ranges from private homes to vast public projects; landmarks such as National Parks in San Francisco, the Los Angeles River and creating magnificent boulevards in Los Angeles. Through conversations with the designers the film explores each woman’s philosophy and approach to their discipline.

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LANDSCAPE FILM: Roberto Burle Marx

2019 | 72 Minutes 

A journey through the art and life of the Brazilian landscape architect and painter best known for the iconic black and white mosaic promenades that line Rio de Janeior’s Copacabana Beach. The films shows the full contribution of the landscape artist to the national flora.

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2016 | 20 Minutes 

What is the role of landscape architecture today? On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Landscape Architecture Foundation asked a diverse group of the world’s leading landscape architects to reflect on the last half-century and present bold ideas for the future. Well beyond the public conception of the profession as “gardener” or “park designer,” these landscape architects discussed their role in addressing weighty issues like climate change, urbanization, management of vital resources like water, and global inequities.

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2020 | 5 Minutes 

Soviet Union died twenty-nine years ago but the ghost of its totalitarian past lives on, most prominently in the very landscape of the country. The brutal architecture of soviet modernism remains in many cities in Ukraine, visually manifesting the bygone ideology of another era. What was supposed to become the past, continues to be the present. If urban spaces shape the values of its residents, what does it feel like to live in a post-soviet Ukraine today? 

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2020 | 1 Minute 

A feel good, short video demonstrating the effect one person can have on a whole crowd of people in a public space.

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2021 | 30 Minutes 

World-renowned French Landscape Architect Michel Desvigne tells us why transformation, transposition, and time are at the core of his success.

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DENSE CITY: Strategies on Animating Public Space 

2020 | 43 Minutes 

Today’s guest is Dr. Troy Glover. He is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Director of the Healthy Communities Research Network at the University of Waterloo. His research explores the role of leisure in advancing or deterring community, primarily through the development of social capital and transformative placemaking. 

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GSAPP CONVERSATIONS: Kate Orff of SCAPE in Conversation with Amale Andraos

2017 | 25 Minutes 

This episode features Kate Orff, the Director of Columbia’s Urban design Program and founding partnership of SCAPE with Amale Andraos, the Dean of Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the co-founder of WORKac. The two Discuss water and its ability to be a driving force in the design of future cities, as well as the new parameters to consider when design for resiliency and adaptation with the changing climate.

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“Native Land Digital creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.” Explore the Native Land Interactive Map to better understand the land you live on and the Indigenous Nations whom inhabit it.

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