JCP member and Ryerson architecture prof Taymoore Balbaa behind documentary series at Bloor Cinema

Taymoore Balbaa has been a dedicated member of the Junction Commons team. You may have seen his students’ work envisioning a renewed 209 Mavety on display along Dundas West in June 2013. He’s now running a documentary series at Bloor Cinema on behalf of the Toronto Society of Architects.

Let us know in the comments below if you’d like to see these kinds of documentaries shown in the Junction. We at the JCP have been learning a lot about the city bylaws, architecture, design and how people are building vital community spaces across the world. Documentaries are a great way to have public discussions about these issues. 


Oppositions: Architecture On Film

This series offers insights into the role of design in the built environment by presenting pairings of films that have opposing themes related to issues of design and cultural development.  Each film pairing will be followed by a brief discussion moderated by the Toronto Society of Architects.

Tickets: $11 ($8 for Bloor members)
Double Bill: $15 ($12 for Bloor members)

March 13 – Reality/Representation

This pairing focuses on the aesthetics of pre- and post-modern architecture. Mock-Ups In Close-Updirectors Gabu Heindl and Drehli Robnik will participate in post-screening Q&As. – BUY DOUBLE BILL

6:30 PM: VISUAL ACOUSTICS: THE MODERNISM OF JULIUS SHULMAN
D: Eric Bricker | USA | 2008 | 83 min | STC

This critically acclaimed documentary chronicles the life work of Julius Shulman, the photographer whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.

9:15 PM: MOCK-UPS IN CLOSE-UP: ARCHITECTURAL MODELS IN FILM
D: Gabu Heindl, Drehli Robnik | Austria | 2013 | 120 min | STC

Mock-Ups In Close-Up is an ongoing research project chronicling the appearance and use of architectural models across narrative cinema.

With the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum & Austrian Embassy, Ottawa


March 25 – Lifestyle/Lifeblood

This pairing focuses on urban morphology, specifically the changing demographics within neighbourhoods and how the planned contrasts with the unplanned. Special Guests: TBA. – BUY DOUBLE BILL

6:30 PM: ST-HENRI, THE 26TH OF AUGUST
D: Shannon Walsh | Canada | 2011 | 85 min | STC

An inspired and truly stunning portrait of a community in the life of the eclectic Montreal neighbourhood of St-Henri.

9:15 PM: MY BROOKLYN
D: Kelly Anderson | USA | 2012 | 85 min | STC

A look at the the way government and corporations colluded to remake downtown Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall, displacing long-time businesses and alienating residents.

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