The movie toleraCITY is asking questions of whether the values we are seeking in the suburbs are actually to be found there, and which imprint the suburbs have on the spaces of the city. ToleraCITY envisions a radical departure from the city hall top-down controlled city planning paradigm we are currently in and envisions a city where the inhabitants have a number of duties that come with a number of freedoms, amongst those the freedom to build.

The radical call of the toleraCITY to close the suburbs alleviates much of the roadways and parking spaces that the suburb rush uses to get in and out and temporarily hold while at the office. These spaces are given back to the citizens to inhabit. But rather than seeking approval from City Hall, new constructions have to be carried out amongst the community, by engaging with the neighborhood.

A rooftop greenway system for walking connecting across the entire city will allow for new ways of taking in your city and to get light and air for all. These are no longer gated areas used to drive real estate interest, but vehicles for a better, healthier life.

It’s a call for people to return to the care for the city as a multicultural and communal space, where we care as much for space that is ours as we hold space for others—and together create a better place for all to live. Neighborhoods where you feel a sense of belonging.

Many of the utopian ideas explored in this 2010 movie, seems to have been rendered both more relevant and achievable by the events of 2020.

The movie was made as a response to the competition Dense Living by The Danish Arts Council and won 2nd Prize. This was a collaboration w/ Thomas Lillevang.

Speak by Ole Gundahl

Music by Shout Wellington Air Force

Collaboration with Thomas Lillevang