Interactive site tells urban stories
Out My Window is a multimedia documentary by Katerina Cizek about residential highrise buildings. It is part of the National Film Board of Canada’s Highrise project, which deals with the human experience in global vertical suburbs.
On the outside, they all look the same. But inside these towers of concrete and glass, people create community, art, and meaning.
This Flash-based interactive 360° website is visually compelling and the content is fascinating. From the opening screen you click a window to”open” it and enter an apartment. Inside you learn about the lives of its occupants through images, audio vignettes, and videos. The stories come from cities all over the world, including Amsterdam, Chicago, Beirut, and Istanbul.
The experience is unlike any film documentary; you choose what to explore and in what order. There’s more than 90 minutes of material in thirteen different languages, and it’s all accompanied by cutting-edge music.