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TSA Playlist | June: Outdoors


With rising temperatures and rolling thunderstorms, it is certainly starting to feel like summer in the city — a perfect time to head outdoors, even if you are staying in!

As we enter June we’re excited to launch our TSA Playlist, a brand new initiative bringing you monthly curated lists of free online films touching upon issues of architecture, the built environment and design. This month’s list brings together films, documentaries and shorts reflecting on the outdoors: from urban rooftop gardens to tropical urban promenades; site-specific environmental installations to ecological transformations. So, come on out and join us as we explore the great outdoors near and far.


2018 | 1 hr 25 mins | Available with described video (TVO link)

This documentary takes the pulse of our earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change – the loss of one world and the birth of another – and carves a path from the present to a bold new vision for the world. This visually stunning film by Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper features compelling stories from climate survivors, scientists, activists and artists who are responding to this crisis by exploring ecological transformation and asking how humanity will in turn be affected.

Watch it on TVO Watch it on Kanopy


Walking on Water
2019 | 1 hr 41 mins

Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before.

Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, WALKING ON WATER is an unprecedented look at Christo’s process, from the inception through to the completion of his latest large-scale, site-specific environmental installation, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italy’s Lake Iseo that was eventually experienced by over 1.2 million people. The film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christo’s world amid mounting madness – from complex dealings between art and state politics to engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, and the sheer force of mother nature.

Watch it on Kanopy


Brooklyn Farmer
2013 | 27 minutes

Brooklyn Farmer explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm within the landscape of New York City. The film follows Head Farmer Ben Flanner, CEO Gwen Schantz, Communications Director Anastasia Plakias, Farm Manager Michael Meier, and Beekeeper Chase Emmons as their growing operation expands from Long Island City, Queens to a second roof in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. The team confronts the realities inherent in operating the world’s largest rooftop farm in one of the world’s biggest cities.

Watch it on Kanopy


Gathering Circle
2019 | 10 Minutes

A documentary short about the Awen’ Gathering Place in the Town of Collingwood, Ontario — a space for sharing, learning, teaching, ceremony, celebration and contemplation created to advance recognition of the past and present Indigenous Peoples and their heritage legacy in Collingwood and the surrounding area. The film captures the design, process and meaning behind the space, designed by the Indigenous Design Studio at Brook McIlroy. Directed by Tracey Strnad and produced by Tom Strnad.

Watch it on Youtube


Landscape Film: Roberto Burle Marx
2019 | 72 minutes

A journey through the art and life of renowned Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, this documentary shows the full contribution of this landscape architect to the national flora and his role as a forerunner of ecology and defense of the environment, valuing native plants and discovering many new species on collecting and research trips. Directed and written by João Vargas Penna, the film is a walk through the art and personality of Roberto Burle Marx, who was also a painter, cook and singer — facets little known to the general public.

Watch it on Kanopy


About the TSA Playlist

The TSA Playlist is a monthly curated list of free online films touching upon issues of architecture, the built environment and design. Our thematic lists do more than just entertain; they inspire us, enrich us, and challenge our perspectives helping bring the conversation of the built environment to new audiences and encourage conversation and debate.

Have a suggestion of a film or theme you would like to see featured? Let us know at tsa@torontosocietyofarchitects.ca

How to Access the Playlist

Our TSA Playlist films are available free of charge for online screening through a number of streaming services in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond including Kanopy, TVO and Hoopla. Our monthly list includes viewing links on platforms available in the region. Some of these streaming services might require you have a free library or university card to access the service. See list below for where these streaming services are available.

Kanopy is currently available through the following library systems and universities in southern Ontario: Toronto PL, Hamilton PL, Oshawa PL (until July 3), Stratford PL, Newmarket PL, Whitby PL, London PL, Guelph PL, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, George Brown College, Seneca College, Centennial College and Sheridan College. If you don’t see your library listed, you can verify if your library has made Kanopy available here. Got a university card instead? You can check if your university has made Kanopy available here.

Hoopla is currently available through the following library systems and universities in southern Ontario: Barrie PL, Kingston PL, Mississauga PL, Kitchener PL, Niagara Falls PL, Peterborough PL and Orillia PL.