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Urbanized (2011)

Sir Norman Foster , Rem Koolhaas , Gary Hustwit  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Oscar Niemeyer, Amanda Burden, Jan Gehl
  • Directors: Gary Hustwit
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Plexifilm
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005YFGJ8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Objectified) returns with the final documentary in his design film trilogy. 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, Noah Chasin, and many more, including extraordinary citizens who have changed their cities.

Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? And how does the design of our cities affect our lives? 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.

DVD Extras:

  • 60 minutes of additional interviews and footage
  • 16 x 9 widescreen presentation
  • 5.1 surround audio
  • English language subtitles
  • Booklet with liner notes by director Gary Hustwit

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The final entry in Gary Hustwit's impressive design film trilogy is aptly entitled "Urbanized." This documentary is a uniquely fascinating look at how urban design across the globe is shaping the future of our cities. In his previous documentary features within this series, he has looked at typography (Helvetica) and every day objects (Objectified) in new and interesting ways. While neither of those films seemed to have a particularly sexy topic (especially typeface!), Hustwit managed to pack both films with surprisingly entertaining stories and unusual facts. "Urbanized" take perhaps the largest theme and gives us a peek at many cities around the world to show how vital planning and design execution has been in dealing with their everyday problems. And while I was never less than captivated by this appealing presentation, the topic was so incredibly broad. As such, the all-encompassing nature of the film causes it to lack focus (or seem to) as we jaunt from country to country tackling incredibly diverse issues.

From tales of overcrowding, to city sprawl, to surface beauty, to functional layouts, to transportation, to public safety, to environmental impact--this is just scratching the surface of the many themes brought up in the film. Each topic is presented in a different city with local personalities (be they architects, planners, politicians, artists, or activists) contributing to whatever the discussion may be. I was genuinely involved in just about every story in the 85 minute film, but even if something might not strike your fancy--just wait a few minutes, and you'll be off to a new destination. I'm not entirely sure that everything was effectively tied into urban design as a cohesive central topic, but the movie was engaging and intelligent and kept my interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cities and How They Are Built and Urban Issues November 8, 2013
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Bought this for my son. If you are in the mood for a documentary, it's a good one he said. He really enjoyed it. His favorite segment was about a mayor in South America. It was entertaining and enlightening. Topics include safety, transportation, housing etc. but not education.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"Urbanized" is the third film in Gary Hustwit's Design Trilogy, which examines the design behind things that we rely upon every day, beginning with "Helvetica" (2007), about one of the world's most ubiquitous fonts, followed by "Objectified" (2009), about the industrial design of everyday objects. "Urbanized" looks at the issues that modern urban design must meet in our increasingly populated cities. Urban design is such a complex subject that an 85-minute film can hardly do it justice, so "Urbanized" offers an overview of the challenges and innovative solutions facing the world's cities, whose population is expected to increase by 50% in the next 40 years.

At the beginning of the 20th century, 10% of the world's population lived in cities. At the end of the 20th century, 50% did. In 40 years, it is expected to be 75%. The pace of urbanization has been such that one-third of new urban dwellers live in slums without basic amenities. This clearly presents huge challenges for urban designers, strains resources, and strains people's ability to adapt. "Cities are always the physical manifestations of the big forces at play: economic forces, social forces, environmental forces," as the film says. Urban design is also unique in that it is collaborative, an ongoing project in which architects, developers, government agencies, the public, and various interest groups work with and against each other to create the world in which we live.

"Urbanized" speaks with architects and urban designers on five continents, as it explores issues of housing, transportation, energy consumption, and popular opposition to building projects. Any one of these topics would require its own film to impart an understanding of the issues involved and to look at successful solutions.
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By Elleppi
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part of a must see trilogy along with Objectified and Helvetica (maybe the best of the trio). . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Urban planning made real January 22, 2013
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You don't have to be an urban planner to appreciate what this video has to show you about urban living in a good range of cities on the planet. I like the visuals, the walking discussions, the interviews, and the insights. Well worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Show was great but it's also available on Netflix December 28, 2012
By Jamie
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This became available on Netflix about a week after I rented it on Amazon. Doh! Still, a great documentary about the design of our modern world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent flick. December 15, 2012
As a huge Architecture and Design, and Film buff,the pairing of these two together is a great little film to watch. If you have designer furniture,or goods, then the whole series of these films are fantastic. Nothing better than sitting in a Le Corbusier chaise,having a nice cold frosty beverage, and kicking back to watch an interesting flick on urban design. highly recommended, very enjoyable and insightful. cant ask for more than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required viewing for Smart City advocates November 5, 2012
In 2008, for the first time, more than half of humanity lived in Urban environments.
And by 2030, more than 60 percent will (almost 90% in North America), and more than 75% of economic activity will be from Cities.

This documentary shows the ultimate design challenge - the Design and Planning of Modern Cities. Design beyond the aesthetics and how it influences our daily lives. A must-see!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
If you are interested in urban life, sustainability etc this is a great movie. Beautiful cinematography and compelling subjects. Highly recommended.
Published 17 months ago by D. Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
One of a series of docs about the world of design by Paola Antonelli.
I love it. At a reasonable price.
Published 17 months ago by MimarCharles
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
It's a very interesting documentary about the big cities and the problems we must deal in the next years. It's scary.
Published 17 months ago by jxsotolo
5.0 out of 5 stars should be compulsory
this video should be compulsory viewing for citizen everywhere. It shows a better future is possible and articulates ways that are being employed around the world that aren't a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nigel Lamb
3.0 out of 5 stars Overambitious and Inconclusive
Urbanized, like Objectified (Hustwit's previous film), is an interesting but diffuse film that takes on too much and fails to communicate a clear message. Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by James Mckenna
4.0 out of 5 stars QUESTION
hELLO I would like to know if this dvd or blue ray of URBANIZED come with SPanish audio or subtitles?
Published on June 5, 2012 by Aymara Padilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and very well made
Great film. The 85 minutes went by quickly, I was riveted the whole time. Well made with very interesting people. And wow, they interviewed some amazing people!
Published on April 17, 2012 by Bethany
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