Feature-length documentary Urbanized looks at the design of cities from both ends of the spectrum and the issues and strategies behind urban design. From problems such as the lack of potable water in the slums of Mumbai to initiatives like the rehabilitation of New York City’s High Line, the film seeks to introduce audiences to some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policy makers, builders, and thinkers. From ordinary citizens with grass-roots projects to celebrated architects including Oscar Niemeyer and his modernist hope for Brasília.
Urbanized is the final chapter in a three-part documentary series by Gary Hustwit. The first documentary, titled Helvetica, deconstructed the popular typeface of the same name. The second documentary, Objectified, looked at the invisible ubiquity of design in the objects around us. And now, Urbanized draws necessary attention to the design of the places 75% of people on Earth will be living in by 2050: cities.
Urbanized is presented by Speakeasy Cinema in partnership with design100 as a fundraiser for Open House Melbourne and is screening at The Capitol Theatre, Melbourne on Thursday July 19 at 7pm. A panel discussion centered on Urban Futures will follow the screening.
For more information on the screening and to purchase tickets, visit design100.com. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night.