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A Way Out promo

December 5, 2012

A Way Out promo

A Way Out is a documentary about breaking the cycle of poverty in Canadian’s oldest and largest “ghetto,” Regent Park. In addition to talking about what it is like to grow up poor in North America, it explores the reasons behind one person finding a way out of poverty and others remaining. As a former resident of a low-income community, Christene Browne went back to find out what had happened to some of her old friends. Formal and impromptu interviews are conducted and the community is revealed through footage and stills. A young man who currently lives in the community is also followed and interviewed. Through in-depth interviews with three people who made it out (Tony Lewis- Manger at Toronto Hydro, Lorie Stubbs – Artist/ Entrepreneur, Clement Virgo- Filmmaker ) we get an insightful look into the minds of people growing up in poverty. They share their hopes, dreams, anguish and fears with us. The community as an additional main character is revealed through everyday footage, landscape shots and still photographs. 53 Minutes, Color, DVD Documentary English Featuring Clement Virgo (Poor Boys Game, Lie With Me, Rude) Matthew Brown (Instant Star, Mayday , Jersey Boys) For more info visit : www.syncopatedprod.com
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One of the 19 nominees for the 11th Cycle of The Aga Khan Award for Architecture Location: Nanhai, Guandong, China (Asia) Architect: URBANUS Architecture & Design Inc. / Xiaodu Liu & Yan Meng Client: Shenhzen Vanke Real Estate Co. Ltd. Completed: 2008 Site size: 13’711 m² This pioneering prototype for affordable housing in China is inspired by the traditional tulou, the multi-family, fortress-like earth house found in the rural areas of Fujian province. The urban Tolou consists of an outer circular block with a rectangular box within that is connected to the outer ring by bridges and a courtyard. Both the circular and rectangular blocks contain small apartment units; the spaces in between are for circulation and community use. The lower floors contain shops and other community facilities. Rents are low and apartments are not available to car owners, adding to the homogeneity of the community, many of whom are migrant workers. The self-contained circular form stands in sharp contrast to the typical high-rise blocks around it. The entire structure is wrapped in a concrete screen with wooden inserts that shade the balconies, giving each unit a secondary living space. The position of the apartments also allows for good light and ventilation. Resulting from extensive research into the original earth houses as well as the social dynamics of current urbanisation trends in China, the Tulou Collective Housing is a unique experiment in low-income housing and the transformation of
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