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Urbanized (2011)




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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 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? -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Lou Teti
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 14, 2012
Box Office: $36.2k
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Critic Reviews for Urbanized

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9)

A showcase for many conflicting viewpoints.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Concerned inhabitants of the global village would do well to track this one down.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

At the very least, Hustwit drives home the urgency of radically rethinking city life as the world population tops seven billion.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
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"Urbanized" is a fast zoom out to the big picture: The colonies or hives in which we arrange, display and support our lives.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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The documentary at times is weighed down by statistics and shop talk, but Luke Geissbuhler's smartly rendered cinematography saves the day.

Full Review… | October 28, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

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."

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Urbanized


Excellent film with important voices. Only drawback is the repetition. After about 45 minutes, it becomes eye candy for urbanophiles.

While I would have made the movie different, I think it does a surprisingly good job of presenting the issues associated with urbanization. Within the first 10 minutes, after they get past some of the cool design and technical aspects of explaining cities and how more and more people are living in them, they get to slums and how many city dwellers are in fact slum dwellers. I liked the story in Chile about public transit, the one about a guy in Detroit starting a community garden and the pitched battle in Stuttgart over a development plan (that ended up costing the city historic trees that weren't even used for firewood in WWII and the conservative CDU party was booted out of office for the first time in 6 decades to be replaced by the Greens). I don't think it's a shortcoming that he allows, for instance, a suburbanite to defend sprawl. If an overly ideological movie that seeks to wrap everything up for you is going to not get seen anyway, I'd rather a competent, well-made, beautifully shot, smart movie that brings up the issues be made.

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