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Houses in a Hurry

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Production Years: 
1955 to 1956


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723 (16mm)
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Library and Archives Canada: 16mm.
"The use of aluminum to build housing in South America is illustrated. A shortage in housing coupled with the effects of a devastating fire on the island of Tumaco destroying 550 homes in two hours, led to a decision by local authorities to rebuild with aluminum. The advantages of these homes is detailed - lightweight, easy to assemble - along with the wonders of aluminum in this sponsored film. The film passes some moral judgements on the Tumaquenos regarding their character, 'Most Tumaquenos are casual, irregular workers ... neither necessity nor the social and moral structure of the community has demanded steady, fulltime employment. Yet given any incentive, they're good workers -- quick to learn -- industrious. And after work they like to enjoy themselves.' Later in the film after the Tumaquenos have moved into their new homes, having helped build them, 'Shining new houses, worthwhile keeping spic and span, almost a new way of life. And it will make a difference, clean pleasant living conditions can change the whole moral and physical character of a people. The new standard of housing will awaken ambition, yes this has been proved. It will inspire a new understanding of hygiene but it will not destroy the natural friendliness, the gaiety, the neighbourliness of the Tumaqueno.' The ensuing contract to provide 3,200 Kingstrand aluminum units to Colombia was seen to be a milestone in the history and development of aluminum."