Suburban living: six solutions

Canada, 1960

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A comparison of solutions to the problems of suburban living as found in some of the world’s largest cities - London, Marseille, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Toronto. This film shows housing to delight, amaze, and even provoke. Shown is Marseille’s famous community on stilts, with stores, homes, and playgrounds all within one vertical neighbourhood. Town planners and architects discuss trends and problems.



Ian MacNeill

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National Film Board of Canada



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Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Housing

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Urban beautification

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → London (England)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Marseille (France)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Stockholm (Sweden)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Toronto (Ont.)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Urbanization

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Urbanization

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → City planning

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Housing

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Public housing

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Urban beautification

Crafts & Visual Arts → Architecture - Human factors

Crafts & Visual Arts → Architecture and society


Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Community development, Urban

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Housing

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Public housing

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Urban beautification

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Urbanization

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Housing

History → Urbanization

Places → London (England)

Places → Marseille (France)

Places → Stockholm (Sweden)

Places → Toronto (Ont.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada




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