This January we are embracing winter with the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO), an annual city-wide platform for the exhibition and engagement of independent design in Toronto, showcasing unexpected prototypes, immersive installations, and unique programming, taking place January 19-25th.

TO DO never fails to have an overflowing itinerary of things “to do” throughout the week-long festival. In the lead up to the event we are profiling some of their participants to give you an inside look at the exhibitions. One event we’ve marked our calendars for that is kicking off the week is the first-ever screening of In-Context films at Hot Docs Cinema happening Monday, January 19th.

In-Context is a video documentary series and online story-telling platform, profiling public architecture and urban design projects across Canada. Each building and public space selected for the In-Context series has made a profound social, political or economic impact on the local environment. Documenting and reporting on projects across the country, In-Context looks at the role of contemporary architecture in addressing some of the most pressing issues facing Canadian cities.

The In-Context creators, Andrea Lacalamita and Raja Moussaoui, begin each new profile by taking five unique viewpoints:

Redefine: How do we build for today’s society?
Participate: How can we participate in city building?
Democratize: What makes successful public space?
Sustain: What does it mean to build sustainably?
Delight: How does architecture affect the quality of our lives?

Thus far the group has profiled the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Quebec, the intersection of ERB and Caroline in Waterloo, Ontario, the Central Park neighborhood in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Landscape of Memory project in Calgary, Alberta, Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Surrey Library in Surrey, British Columbia, and the K’alemi Dene School in N’Dilo, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

The screening will be followed by a short Q&A with the creators of In-Context, Andrea and Raja.

Andrea is a graduate architect and freelance writer with a special interest in curation and exhibition design. She has written for Canadian Art Magazine and has worked at architecture firms in Toronto, Vancouver, and New York. Her work has been exhibited at Cambridge Riverside Galleries, Toronto’s Brookfield Place, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She has taught as an adjunct studio professor at the University of Waterloo.

Raja trained as an architect and works as a designer and freelance journalist, covering architecture, design and the urban environment. Raja has practiced architecture in Toronto, Vancouver, Shanghai, Melbourne and London UK, produced tv and radio reports for the CBC, and written articles for The Atlantic Cities, the Toronto Star, Spacing Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, and CBC.ca. In 2012, Raja was a Fellow in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

You can find out more about the project and even submit your own suggestions for buildings and areas they should cover on their website at their website. You can also follow updates via Twitter.