Adapted from the Emmy-winning, multimedia interactive documentary of the same name, Highrise is an in-depth exploration of the world's highrises and the people who live inside them.
From the multi-story dwellings of Ancient Rome to the soaring glass skyscrapers of today, humans have used highrises for thousands of years to house the poor, protect the rich and sometimes narrow the gap between the two. Highrise first examines the history of vertical living in a 20-page chapter on the origins, technological triumphs, social failures and future of the highrise. The book then invites young readers into homes around the world. Through the lens of the highrise, readers will learn about 10 cities and hear stories that capture what life is like in these diverse places.
The cities featured in Highrise: Ramallah, West Bank; Mumbai, India; Guangzhou, China; Chicago, USA; Tainan, Taiwan; Johannesburg, South Africa; Toronto, Canada; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Prague, Czech Republic; San Cristobal, Venezuela.
In addition to being windows on different cultures and experiences, the stories from these cities cover important and, at times, challenging issues that residents must face - from a young mother in the West Bank who cannot visit her parents in Gaza, to an LGBTQ activist in China who must hide her sexual orientation from her family. Highrise is a bold and unique volume that illuminates life on our urban planet like never before.
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
Number of pages: 80
Dimensions: 280 x 229 mm
Leading readers on a journey through 10 contemporary cities--Ramallah, Amsterdam, Toronto, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Tainan, Chicago, Prague, Guangzhou, and Sao Paulo--this book lays bare the rich, complex history behind the familiar fixture of urban and suburban high-rises... Color photographs enhance the narrative along with informative sidebars. Weaving together social and political history, information is framed in a lively manner that will help readers understand the social and environmental contexts of communities living in high-rises around the world. A fascinating introduction to the social world of vertical human settlements.-- (07/13/2019)
HIGHRISE is an exceptional guided tour of sky reaching residential structures around the globe, adapted from the National Film Board of Canada's cutting-edge web documentary of the same name... The innovative interactive storytelling that distinguishes the online documentary translates well to print... The book's inviting, carefully constructed design opens the door to an in-depth study of urban geography.-- (09/01/2019)
With a plethora of additional facts, trivia, and stunning photographs, this is an excellent source for research projects concerning human population growth and architecture advancement for middle and high school students.--Thomas Jonte"School Library Journal" (10/01/2019)
Offers a fascinating glimpse into sky-high residential structures around the world, and the communities who live inside them... Senior elementary students will find an in-depth study of urban geography, as well as interviews with tenants that provide insight into community-based activism.-- (10/23/2019)
This book is tightly written, well illustrated, and packed with information. Text features to support the reader include fact boxes, charts, photographs, bold words, a glossary, and a timeline.-- (01/01/2020)