Urbanized (DVD)


Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area and more then three quarters will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Urbanized focuses on the design of cities and features some of the world s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers including Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Oscar Niemeyer, Amanda Burden, Jan Gehl, Enrique Penalosa, Yung Ho Chang, Alejandro Aravena, Eduardo Paes, Rahul Mehrotra, Ellen Dunham-Jones, James Corner, Bruce Katz, Candy Chang, Edgar Pieterse and Noah Chasin.

Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Objectified) blends interviews of prominent members of the urban design field with visual footage of cities around the world accompanied by an original score. The film explores an ongoing debate regarding which members of a community should be responsible for designing cities: government officials, architects or the people at large. Hustwit states that by educating viewers about the ways in which urban architecture can affect their daily lives, he hopes they can be both more appreciative and more critical of the urban planning process.



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