URBANIZED, a documentary film by Gary Hustwit

Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities and the third in a design trilogy by Hustwit, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Over 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.

Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? Unlike many other fields of design, cities aren’t created by any one specialist or expert. There are many contributors to urban change, including ordinary citizens who can have a great impact improving the cities in which they live. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, Urbanizedframes a global discussion on the future of cities.

The movie is being sponsored by the University Film club and is showing on Sunday, April 15th at 7pm.

If you can’t make it to the showing you can rent or download the film from Hustwit’s website, http://urbanizedfilm.com/.  I also highly recommend checking out Helvetica and Objectified.  The first one is about the creation of the world’s most popular typeface and the second is about product design, consumerism, and sustainability. Image