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  • This TVO documentary explores the work of six Indigenous architects, including world-renowned Anishnaabe architect Douglas Cardinal, who are creating extraordinary, sustainable structures across North America and Turtle Island. All are world leaders in aesthetics, form, sustainability and ultimately, in protecting mother earth — and their stories have never been more important. The film articulates the power of Indigenous architecture and its relevance in today’s world. 

  • In the 50 years since he carved his first totem pole and saw it raised on Haida Gwaii, Robert Davidson has come to be regarded as one of the world's foremost modern artists. This award winning 2019 documentary traces Davidson's life and role in the 20th century renaissance of Haida and Indigenous art. (Requires free signup with Knowledge: Network)

  • An intimate portrait of the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, an architectural gem designed and recently restored, along with its gardens, by the National Gallery of Canada. (2020 / 26:01)

  • This new documentary short recounts the challenges posed by the Canadian Shield during construction of the Rideau Canal. Construction costs were high in terms of money, lives and time. Chief engineer Colonel John By employed an unusual method at Newboro Lock to drastically reduce these losses—the Big Breakthrough—by using a slack water canal design that today defines the heritage value of this UNESCO designated waterway.

  • Take an epic journey in real-time along Ontario's magnificent Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and North America's oldest continuously operated canal system.

  • Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the beautiful Niagara region of southern Ontario, starting high above Lake Ontario and continuing across Niagara-on-the-Lake, Fort George, fruit orchards and vineyards, and deep into the gorge of the Niagara River to the world-famous Niagara Falls. 

  • Pavel Kuznetsov presents the story of Moscow’s avante-garde and experimental Melnikov House, from its design/construction in 1920s Soviet Russia as the architect’s family home, to its establishment as a museum in 2014 and its present-day conservation project. Presented by the West Coast Modern League in Vancouver, BC in association with the Iconic Houses Lecture Tour.

  • Le réputé architecte Pierre Thibault nous parle du quartier Saint-Jean-Baptiste qu’il connaît bien. Le projet qu’il s’apprête à y réaliser, rue Lockwell, sera fidèle aux principes qui ont fait sa renommée, basés sur une étude attentive de l’environnement qui accueillera ses créations, afin de respecter l’esprit des lieux. C’est particulièrement important dans un quartier patrimonial du Québec comme Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

  • Partez à la découverte d'un haut lieu du fait français en Amérique. Un portrait unique de ce monument historique qui remonte aux origines de la fondation de la Nouvelle-France.

  • Architect Raymond Moriyama, designer of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa in joint partnership with GRC Architects, chronicles his personal and professional journey, and his view of the architect's role in society to reflect inclusion and democracy. (Free to stream on

  • An intimate portrait of the life and art of Lawren Harris, a founding member of the legendary Group of Seven, and the expansive landscapes that inspired him. (Free to stream on

  • Watch the award-winning transformation of this beloved century-old museum building as new galleries are built, heritage elements are restored, and the castle-like structure sensitively preserved while being updated for the 21st century.

  • Nestled in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Les Quatre Vents (The Four Winds) is one of the world's most beautiful private gardens. This short documentary, filmed shortly before owner Frank Cabot's death at age 86, features his reflections on the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives.
  • From Vancouver to Los Angeles, a relaxed journey across three generations of Modernist residential architecture created by influential architects of the day—each sharing a sense of place, light and a deep connection to their environment.  (Requires free sign-up with Knowledge: Network)

  • Architect Todd Saunders' sculpture-like artist studios have brought fame to this rocky island off eastern Newfoundland as a world famous artists retreat, and now a world class inn.

  • Architect Raymond Moriyama, designer of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa in joint partnership with GRC Architects, creates an indelible experience felt in every corner of this concrete building symbolic of war and hope. (Requires free signup with Knowledge: Network)

  • This 2009 documentary follows the controversial renovation of Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum by celebrity architect Daniel Libeskind. Smartly tuned to contemporary debates on public architecture, the film presents an entertaining tale of ego, art and steel beams.

  • The visionary activist and author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects proposed in New York City during the 1960s.

  • Visionary activist Jane Jacobs shares her critical analysis of the problems facing North American cities. With its colorful city footage and upbeat soundtrack, this film is both a period-piece and a must-see for urban dwellers, civic and community groups. Produced in 1971, Jacobs' remarks remain remarkably relevant today.

  • Order of Canada architect Shirley Blumberg presents the aspirations, highlights and challenges of repurposing 330 Sussex Drive, formerly the Canadian War Museum and the Dominion Archives of Canada, to become the new Global Centre for Pluralism. This Heritage Ottawa Phillips Memorial Lecture  (2017) was presented at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in partnership with the Global Centre for Pluralism.

  • This 2017 documentary considers the Welsh heritage of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and its influence on his visionary concept of organic architecture. Welsh architect Jonathan Adams travels to America to explore Wright's masterpieces, taking us inside Wright's own house, the Unity Temple, the Robie House and more.

  • This 1949 documentary short captures a portrait of Ottawa in the mid-20th century as French architect and urban designer Jacques Gréber was brought in to address the negative impacts of growing traffic congestion, air pollution, and rail traffic on the nation's capital.

  • Architect and historian Michelangelo Sabatino surveys the unfolding of architectural modernity in a country once defined by Voltaire as “a few acres of snow” in this 2017 lecture presentation at University of Toronto.

  • Architectural visionary Phyllis Lambert, founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, shares her personal story of managing the Seagram Building project in NYC and working with architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. Presented in conjunction with GCI's Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative.
  • Canada's premier landscape architect and one of the most important practitioners of the 20th century, Cornelia Oberlander was known for integrating her designs with the natural environment. In this lecture, she joins the author of "Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape" to discuss her life, ecological philosophy and award-winning work.

  • Five mini-documentaries about important landscapes and their designers explore their physical realities and the spirits of those who conceived, created, and cared for them. Hosted by historians and landscape architects in a manner that engages specialists and non-specialists alike.

  • This 2015 photo-illustrated lecture at the Getty Conservation Institute presents the major conservation project undertaken for the Eames House, the landmark of mid-20th century modern architecture designed / constructed in 1949 by legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames.

  • Many historic properties are home to ancient and notable trees. The UK National Trust has created a series of fascinating videos to introduce us to some of these amazing trees.