Gary Hustwit’s ‘Urbanized’ set for 2011

August 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

Last month I finally got around to seeing Gary Hustwit’s fabulous documentaries, Helvetica, which explores the font that permeates the branding and advertising industry, and Objectified, a look at manufactured objects and our relationship to them. I may be biased as a design junkie, but I heartily believe that these films can appeal to all sorts of people. That being said, keep a weather on the horizon for the third installment of Hustwit’s trilogy, Urbanized, set to be released next year. As Hustwit describes it:

Urbanized looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design, featuring 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.

If his previous films are any indication, the range and depth of Urbanized’s reach should be pretty good. Follow Hustwit on Twitter to get more information on this film.
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