Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? And how does the design of our cities affect our lives? More than half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% 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. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain..
By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects in dozens of cities around the world, from massive infrastructure initiatives to temporary interventions, URBANIZED frames a global discussion on the future of cities. Following a U.S. theatrical tour that began in October 2011, Plexfilm and New Video will wide release URBANIZED across cable VOD and Blu-ray/DVD. The film launched on digital platforms in December 2011..
The final documentary in director Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy (Helvetica, Objectified), Urbanized features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers, including Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Jan Gehl, Oscar Niemeyer, Amanda Burden, Enrique Peñalosa, Alejandro Aravena, Eduardo Paes, Rahul Mehrotra, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Ricky Burdett, James Corner, Michael Sorkin, Bruce Katz, Candy Chang, Edgar Pieterse, and many more, including extraordinary citizens who have affected change in their cities..
Says Hustwit: “Our cities struck me as the area of design that had the most impact on our lives. Ultimately I decided the best structure would be to look at specific issues that face all cities (housing, mobility, public space, sustainability, etc) and focus on projects in different cities around the world that addressed those issues. In that way we could make almost a composite city out of these projects, and showcase innovative thinking from both professionals and ordinary citizens.”
Anamorphic Widescreen 1080P
English 5.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English
Minutes of Additional interviews and footage
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