New York Times Op-Docs Wins Emmy for “A Short History of the Highrise”

The New York Times’s Op-Docs won an Emmy for its immersive, interactive documentary series “A Short History of the Highrise,” in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.

The series is told in four chapters that unfold with a responsive viewing experience designed to evoke a storybook. Viewers may use their desktop cursors or, if viewing on a mobile platform, touch commands to navigate a world of rhyming narration, photographs brought to life with intricate animation and game play.

The viewing experience begins with “Mud,” which traces the roots of the residential highrise, from the biblical Tower of Babel to New York’s tenement buildings.

The Emmy was awarded at the 35th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in the category of “New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture.”

“A Short History of the Highrise” won the prestigious Peabody Award in 2013.