out of Five
Running time: 85
A thoroughly fascinating look at the design of cities as the planet’s population continues to skyrocket this film presents many different points of view with one clear message: what we’re doing now won’t work in the future.
What’s it all about?
The third film following Helvetica and Objectified in director Gary Hustwit’s Design Trilogy Urbanized takes a look at urban design ideas from around the world with interviews with some of the biggest politicians, architects, designers and planners on the planet.
The cinematography is simply beautiful and even without voice over or explanation the ideas presented on screen are clear and contrasting. The experts give their opinions in refreshingly frank ways and the global scope of the film gives it authority and a sense of really covering as many arguments on the topic as possible.
While watching the film I felt like I was seeing a round table discussion about the very issues facing New Zealand cities, particularly Auckland, right now. There are some really great ideas put forward but what really makes this film interesting is the idea that a change in the way we think about cities is what is required to get more out of them. Instead of transport being getting from one place to another, it’s connecting every point along its route. Very important lessons for a future of increased population and reduced resources.
A film all of our city planners and politicians should see, Urbanized covers many of the challenges a city like Auckland is in the midst of facing as we contemplate our future as a global city. Highly recommended for those interested in design and society.