Mon 03.05 // 7:45 PM
SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St.
USA/UK, 2011, 82 mins
Urbanized is the third part of Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy, joining Helvetica (2007) and Objectified (2009), and frames a global discussion on the future of cities.
More than half the world’s population now lives in cities and statistics say that 75% will have migrated to a an urban area by 2050. Hustwit’s captivating and lively new documentary about the design of cities examines how major urban environments are adapting to the challenges of today and tomorrow, particularly climate change and population growth. It’s a study of how a city’s visual design can impact its daily life. Through thoughtful interviews and carefully selected images, this eye-opening film looks at the challenges and promises facing some of the world’s important cities from New York and Paris to Bogota and Cape Town. We learn about and see the impact of innovative solutions including new bike lanes, walkways and housing projects.
Urbanized has been called “an idea-packed new documentary” by A.O. Scott of the New York Times, and Joshua K. Leon of Metropolis says “Urbanized posits that city dwellers must not only forge an innovative self-reliance, they must imagine higher forms of living.”
Preceded by: Second Hand, Isaac King, Canada, 2011, 7 mins.
Following the screening, join a panel of architects, designers and innovators to discuss Our Future in Urban Sustainability.
In a world where we are dealing with economic instability, climate action plans, and water and fuel stresses building upon the urban environment is more than just function. The triple bottom line is now a part of the process of urban development and the choices a community and government has to make when considering growth and development. Panelists will discuss the thought process and methods they use and feel are integral when meeting all the goals and initiative for the future of a sustainable urban plan and environment.
~ Lee Schneider, DocuCinema [moderator]
~ Allison Arieff, ‘Opinionator’ columnist, New York Times; Urbanist Editor, SPUR
~ David Baker, David Baker + Partners Architects
~ Michelle Kaufmann, Michelle Kaufmann Studio
~ Raquel Rivera Pinderhughes, Professor of Urban Studies, San Francisco State University