Urbanized, the latest film by director Gary Hustwit, joins Helvetica and Objectified as the third installment of his acclaimed design film trilogy. Traveling around the globe, Hustwit interviews some of the world’s leading urban architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers, about the future of cities. A majority of the people on the planet currently live in cities, and by 2050, that number is expected to rise to 75%. Despite this upward trajectory, urban growth patterns are uneven, with some cities booming and others shrinking. Challenges such as housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are universal concerns, yet too often dialogue about these issues is disconnected from the public domain. Hustwit asks the fundamental questions: Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it?
Introduced by the director. A discussion with the director follows the first screening.