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    Urbanized: U.S. Premiere

    Attended last night's premiere of Urbanized a documentary film by Gary Hustwit. Q+A session followed the screening, with Bruce Katz, Amanda M. Burden, and Michael Sorkin.

    About the Film Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which 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.

    Urbanized is the third part of Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy, joining Helvetica and Objectified. Urbanized will premiere at film festivals later this year, followed by cinema screenings worldwide, television broadcasts, and release on DVD and digital formats. Join our mailing list or follow Gary on Twitter to stay informed of new announcements.

    Featuring: Udo Andriof (Stuttgart 21) Alejandro Aravena (Elemental) Jon Bird (Open University) Amanda Burden (NYC Department of Planning) Ricky Burdett (LSE Urban Age Project) Candy Chang (Civic Center) Yung Ho Chang (Atelier FCJZ) James Corner (Field Operations) Mark Covington (Georgia Street Community Garden) Joshua David (Friends of the High Line) Ellen Dunham-Jones (Georgia Tech) Kathryn Ewing (Sun Development) Sir Norman Foster (Foster + Partners) Grady Gammage Jr. (Gammage & Burnham) Jan Gehl (Gehl Architects) Alastair Graham (City of Cape Town) Robert Hammond (Friends of the High Line) Jacqueline James (Jonker & Barnes Architects) Bruce Katz (Brookings Institution) Tarna Klitzner (Landscape Architect) Rem Koolhaas (OMA) Rahul Mehrotra (RMA Architects) Grover Mouton (Tulane University TRUDC) Oscar Niemeyer (ONA) Sicelo Nkohla (VPUU) Eduardo Paes (Mayor, Rio de Janeiro) Sheela Patel (SPARC) Enrique Peñalosa (Former Mayor of Bogota) Edgar Pieterse (African Centre for Cities) Ric Scofidio (Diller, Scofidio + Renfro) Michael Sorkin (Sorkin Architects) Gangolf Stocker (Leben in Stuttgart) and more participants TBA

    Produced and Directed by Gary Hustwit

    Editors Shelby Siegel Michael Culyba

    Director of Photography Luke Geissbuhler

    Associate Producers Lucy Raven Pamela Puchalski

    Assistant Editor Hudson Lines

    Additional Photography Gary Hustwit Ben Kempas Martin A. Kuhnert Ben Wolf Bernardo Palmeiro Kevin Fritz Bing Bing

    Sound Recording David Curtin Jessica Edwards Sebastián Navarro Rafael Ospino Suresh Rajamani Madeleine Dallmeyer Christopher Ward Julian Joseph

    Production Assistance Kevin Fritz (China) Prabhat Gupta (India) Interactive Africa (South Africa) Ximena Sotomayor (Columbia) Ben Kempas (Germany) Sarah F. Cox (USA) Billy Bacon (Brazil)

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