Lectures + Films

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Looking for new things to do while staying at home?

We've put together a selection of excellent lectures and films for you to enjoy.

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 is 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • A series of conversations with leading experts and thinkers will explore why cities continue to thrive, what propels them forward, and why our need for the human connection that cities make possible will always prevail over challenges that may arise. Each conversation is hosted LIVE on GoToWebinar, with the recording made available at a later date.

    • Each film in the series documents "preservation in action" at a property listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Includes the history and significance of each building, rehabilitation work in progress, and interviews with the architects and project managers to help guide future preservation and stewardship decisions.

    • 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.