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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.
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
I would rather have learned well the complexities facing Detroit OR Rio de Janeiro OR Beijing OR Johannesburg. The film's closing sequence about conflict over a massive redevelopment project in Stuttgart exemplifies the problems Hustwit creates. The footage and interviews are inconclusive, and the final moments about the segment are overlaid with a few lines of type that appear to explain what happened, but those lines actually leave questions just as large as those they answer. The topic simply isn't adequately addressed, and it's unclear what Hustwit meant we should take away from this portion of the film.
Hustwit's general topic seems to have been the difficulty of urban design and the necessity of including the needs of ordinary people in it. But by creating a summary view from 30,000 feet, Hustwit makes it difficult to follow his argument. The film is exquisitely shot and artfully edited, the sound design is right on for a breezy documentary, but Hustwit could have done so much better with the material by focusing on one city. He could have taught much more about urban design with one city as he did about typefaces with Helvetica.
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.Read more ›
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If you're into urban geography, city planning, or otherwise, this documentary is fascinating on many levels.Published 2 months ago by Z. Stroeher
I rented this documentary the first time to use when introducing my land use planning activity for my high school environmental science class. I purchased the video this year. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, interesting documentary about cities and the future of cities.Published 10 months ago by diane r klock
This is a very interesting, lively take on designing cities that people want to live in. It is fresh and entertaining. Read morePublished 13 months ago by badwhiskey