(2011, dir. Gary Hustwit, 82 mins., USA) From the filmmaker who created the delicious design documentaries Helvetica (2007) and Objectified (2009) comes the final film in the trilogy: Urbanized. The film—shown in Indianapolis just weeks after its world premiere—features the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers, exploring the high-stakes issues of urban design. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. 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. Who shapes our cities, and how do they do it? By exploring urban design projects in cities around the world, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities, and features the voices of international architects and designers including Rem Koolhaas, Sir Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Yung Ho Chang, Ellen Dunham-Jones, and many more.
Director Gary Hustwit introduces the film and takes questions at the post-film dialogue. Enjoy a half-day summit on the design of Indianapolis from 1 to 4 pm the same day at IMA.
Screening presented by the Butler University Center for Urban Ecology, URBN DSGN, the IMA Design Arts Society, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and Health & Hospital Corporation.