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Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, 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
Oct 28, 2011 Limited
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Concerned inhabitants of the global village would do well to track this one down.
At the very least, Hustwit drives home the urgency of radically rethinking city life as the world population tops seven billion.
"Urbanized" is a fast zoom out to the big picture: The colonies or hives in which we arrange, display and support our lives.
The documentary at times is weighed down by statistics and shop talk, but Luke Geissbuhler's smartly rendered cinematography saves the day.
Even viewers with deep knowledge of modern urban planning are likely to learn something from the carefully selected images and thoughtful interviews that make up most of "Urbanized."
A rich, ambitious exploration of the ways our surroundings are shaped, and the subtler ways they shape us.
The film ticks off a fascinating blend of dos and don'ts for a century that will see even greater numbers of people packing into urban centers.
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