Monday, October 31
The director of Helvetica and Objectified (both IFC Center hits) completes his design trilogy with this fascinating examination of the lives of cities. Delving into the issues and strategies behind urban design, he visits the world’s foremost architects, policymakers, thinkers and activists. 75% of the world will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are growing explosively, others are shrinking. Exploring a diverse, international range of urban design projects, URBANIZED frames a global discussion on our urban future.
From NYT's review:
“Urbanized” is less focused on the history of cities than on the way they are adapting to the challenges of the present and future, notably climate change and population growth. This slant leaves some inevitable gaps — the David-and-Goliath battle between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs is mentioned, but important earlier figures like Daniel Burnham and Frederick Law Olmsted are not — and there is a distinct bias in favor of Jacobs-influenced new urbanism and against other approaches to city planning.
Like a really good class taught by a team of enthusiastic professors, “Urbanized” supplies grist for many late-night arguments or solitary ruminations. It is worth venturing out of your room, climbing on your bike or boarding a low-emissions bus and fighting your way through a crowd to see.