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 Site
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NR
Genre:
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Urbanized

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9)

A showcase for many conflicting viewpoints.

January 5, 2012
Seattle Times
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Concerned inhabitants of the global village would do well to track this one down.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
Time Out
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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 2, 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 27, 2011
New York Post
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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."

October 27, 2011
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Urbanized

This film absolutely moves the paradigm of what our cities could and should be like. I definitely recommend it to any urban planner, architect, councilmember, planning commissioner, city manager and citizen group. The best film on Landscape Design I have ever seen.

Felipe  Hernandez
Felipe Hernandez
½

An interesting, and more importantly, global perspective on the power of cities. "Urbanized" gives our lives context through its acute attention to details.

Andy Gottschalk
Andy Gottschalk
½

This is an absorbing documentary about the planning, building, & evolving of modern city spaces. The film is a must for anyone remotely interested in sociology or architecture.

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

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