Urbanized

The third part of Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy, joining Helvetica (2007) and Objectified (2009), is a captivating and lively look at the design of cities. Urbanized examines how major urban environments are adapting to the challenges of today and tomorrow, particularly climate change and population growth. This eye-opening film looks at the issues and promises facing some of the world’s important cities.

Directors

Gary Hustwit

Country

Brazil, China, Colombia, Germany, India, South Africa, USA

Year

2011

Running Time

85 mins 

Watch the Film

www.hustwit.com

 

 

SFGFF Film Program:

Urbanized_small.jpgUrbanized is the third part of Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy, joining Helvetica (2007) and Objectified (2009), and frames a global discussion on the future of cities.

More than half the world’s population now lives in cities and statistics say that 75% will have migrated to a an urban area by 2050. Hustwit’s captivating and lively new documentary about the design of cities examines how major urban environments are adapting to the challenges of today and tomorrow, particularly climate change and population growth. It’s a study of how a city’s visual design can impact its daily life. Through thoughtful interviews and carefully selected images, this eye-opening film looks at the challenges and promises facing some of the world’s important cities from New York and Paris to Bogota and Cape Town. We learn about and see the impact of innovative solutions including new bike lanes, walkways and housing projects.

Urbanized has been called “an idea-packed new documentary” by A.O. Scott of the New York Times, and Joshua K. Leon of Metropolis says “Urbanized posits that city dwellers must not only forge an innovative self-reliance, they must imagine higher forms of living.”

Screening: March 5, 2012 at New People Cinema. 

With Panel: Our Future in Urban Sustainability

Includes: Allison Arieff, ‘Opinionator’ columnist, New York Times; Editor, SPUR Urbanist; David Baker, David Baker+Partners Architects; Michelle Kaufmann, Michelle Kaufmann Studio; Lee Schneider, Executive Producer, DocuCinema.