Fans of Gary Hustwit’s Helvetica and Objectified have been waiting patiently to find out what the final film in his ‘design trilogy’ will focus on. Well today we finally get the answer! Urbanized will focus on the design of cities; a topic that holds awesome potential for some grand scale design theory! I fully expect this film will match the infectious passion on display in Hustwit’s previous two docs. Cinematographer Luke Geissbuhler well return with his clean, symmetrical photography which should serve the cityscapes and architecture well. Hustwit has thrown up a temporary website for the film and offers a director’s statement on the intent of the doc:
The third documentary in this trilogy is about the design of cities. 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.
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 will frame a global discussion on the future of cities.
I’m definitely on board for this one. Urbanized is currently in production with a planned 2011 release. Until then, you can do your urban development homework by dusting off your copy of Sim City and giving it a spin. For more information, including upcoming info on the cities and people involved in the film, you can follow Gary’s twitter account.