Cosmopolis Toronto: Sierra Leone

Big Cities (Promo)

Big Cities explores innovative solutions for some of the most important urban challenges around the world. National broadcasters from more than two dozen countries have contributed to this collection of documentaries showcasing the citizens who are bringing about significant change in urban planning, infrastructure, and social issues. Each segment explores ways to improve living conditions in the growing number of mega-cities around the globe.

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Traditional Practices

Looking back to traditional practices can help us find modern solutions to various environmental and social issues of city life.

In Q'ewe, Peru, we follow Victoriano Arizapana, a Native leader nicknamed “The Engineer” as he leads the construction of the Q’eswachaka bridge. Residents from four different communities participate in the three-day construction of a traditional rope bridge using ancestral techniques taught through their Inca heritage.

Passion for Preservation

From the depths of a volcano to the density of a forest, people around the world are preserving natural wonders in their home cities. A docent at Mount Vesuvius shares why he has devoted his life to the volcano that destroyed much of the area in previous generations. A man in Hong Kong leads neighbors in a fight to preserve a historic forest that has become polluted.

Water Solutions

Great water demands require greater water solutions to keep big cities afloat. Water activists combat climate change and the illegal wetland development flooding towns in Argentina. In Mexico City, citizens use innovative education models and technologies to address the city’s water shortage issues.

Traffic Alternatives

Urban planners and average citizens around the world are working to improve transportation in congested cities. In Bangkok, an architect fed up with his daily commute studies the combination of traditional boats and modern trains to beat traffic. In Bogota, a professor and his students develop a citywide electric car sharing system to ease congestion in dense urban areas.

Sustainable Urban Farming

Maintaining a sustainable way of life through organic farming is possible — even in big cities. In this episode, a woman in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro shows us how to maximize every last bit of local produce, while urban dwellers and beekeepers in Paris are developing a culture of sharing in rooftop gardens.