URBANIZED, a documentary film by Gary Hustwit

I viewed Urbanized recently and was impressed with how it shows in a short feature the essential excitement and the critical nature of cities that we who are involved int hem are enthralled with.

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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…

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