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1960s: Design By Decade (Episode 2)

This title is a part of the series Design By Decade Series

Catalogue Number:  BAM078
Producer:  Blue Ant Media
Producing Agencies:  High Fidelity HDTV Media Inc.
Subject:  Arts, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, History, Social Studies, Tech/Voc
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2011
Running Time:  30:00
Closed Captions:  Yes

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The 1960s were a time of social revolution and counter culture  - across the world. The affluence and materialism of the 1950s rolled over into the early days of the new decade, but the Sixties soon became more about radicalism and change.  People were looking for greater individual freedom. Youth culture grew, and conformity was swept aside in favour of eccentricity. This era was very much about looking to the future and breaking with the past. The space race was well under way and with its first satellite, the Alouette, Canada joined along. By 1968, the United States had put a man on the moon.

Within Canada, and across the Western world, a myriad of social issues came to the surface. In Canada, the 1960s saw the Quiet Revolution in Quebec. The province was quickly modernizing, contributing to a burgeoning movement of Quebec nationalism. Unity became a predominant theme in the rest of Canada, as the nation approached its Centennial year.

Design by Decade looks back to the 1960s to examine some of the most intriguing and original Canadian designs that represent this magical era.

Program includes three segments:

  • Mid Century Modernism - The Project G Stereo (00:55-11:09)
  • Expo 67 - Habitat 67 Housing Complex (11:20-20:14)
  • The Contempra Telephone - An Icon of Contemporary Canadian Design (20:25-23:49)

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