Cultural Capsule: Amazing Interactive Website

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I have an aunt, tia Mercês, who is incredible passionate and knowledgeable about everything art-design-related. She is all for building local communities of artisans to make their lives a decent one that goes much beyond survival. She wants to empower people through their skills, traditions and passions.

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Yesterday, she sent me some some stunning web documentaries sites that feed our souls and bring distinct lights and colors to our sight. One of them caught me for some time. I wondered what the lives of these people were like, I wanted to explore every corner of their houses, to be there with them. See and explore the lives of those people living in high-rise buildings across the planet and let your imagination go wild:


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My words here won’t make justice to this cultural project that is embedded with storytelling through the senses, the clicking, the power of images.

And, of course, as an educator I couldn’t help it, but consider some possibilities for the classrooms:

– exploring the housing differences and similarities around the world.

– Inviting students to choose one of the people in one of those windows and write about their days from the perspective of a certain person. The others would have to guess who the person is.

– Letting them freely explore the houses, then they’d take a photo of their own houses and talk about it.

– Choosing a scene in a certain apartment and writing the dialogue.

– adding another person to the setting and reporting how this person got there, what the relationship with others members is.

– making it a collaborative project in which different classes around the world build their own out of my window page

I guess I could spend day here thinking of possibilities. What if you shared ideas with us?

I’m sure tia Mercês will have some wild ideas to share with me, as well!


  1. Georgia Psarra February 20, 2014 at 21:33 #

    How about having each student describe a scene from a window and put the pieces together? Like a short video of people moving around the house doing things in different rooms, alone or with someone else

    • Carla Arena February 20, 2014 at 22:01 #

      This would be awesome, Georgia! As a teacher, I´m always thinking about the follow-up to that. Students would make the video and?

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