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Film (17:42)
A House on the Prairie
1978, production : Ron Bashford, Bob Lower
The promise of riches in a new land lured many settlers to...
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Film (20:05)
Forest Under Siege
1977
Two million six hundred square kilometers of forest are the...
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Film (17:23)
Design Innovations for Canadian Settlements
1976, production : Bruce Mackay
A look at innovative housing and community design in...
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Film (52:10)
The Great Clean-up
1976, production : James Carney
This film is about the Great Lakes, how they were polluted...
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Film (51:30)
A Great White Bird
1976, production : Michael McKennirey
This film documents the efforts of a group of people in...
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Film (25:28)
The Forest Watchers
1975, production : Peter Raymont
The Forest Watchers tells us some remarkable things...
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Film (18:52)
Plea for the Wanderer
1975, production : Jean Coutu
From river to sea, and back to river again, this film...
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Film (20:00)
Another Side of the Forest
1974, production : Raoul Fox, Strowan Robertson
The Canadian forest with science on its side--a fascinating...
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A House on the Prairie
 

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Film  (17:42) 1978, production : Ron Bashford, Bob Lower
The promise of riches in a new land lured many settlers to the West, but it was a harsh climate where shelter was the most urgent necessity. A House on the Prairie describes the legacy of these early days: environmentally unsuitable dwellings that now either devour money and fuel to remain functional, or slowly disintegrate in the sun, wind and frost. People today are beginning to recognize the importance of housing suitable to specific environments, and some of these new examples of western Canadian architecture are presented, with comments by designers, builders, and the people who live in the somewhat experimental dwellings.

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