February 9, 2012
Film: Urbanized 2011
Thursday, February 9 / 7 pm
(snow date is Thursday, February 23)
Gary Hustwit, director
82 Minutes, not rated
Urbanized is a documentary about the design of cities that 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? Unlike many other fields of
design, cities aren’t created by any one specialist or expert. There are many contributors
to urban change, including ordinary citizens who can have a great impact improving the
cities in which they live. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the
world, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.
This film is presented in partnership with AIGA Iowa and the Art Directors Association of Iowa.