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Helvetica director's Urbanized trailer

Urbanized.jpgThe trailer for Urbanized (read urbanised for us English writers) marks the the third film for director Gary Hustwit on design, first he had Helvetica, then Objectified, and now Urbanized.

The film looks at the people who design cities, what they do, how they do it and what affect it has on the people who live there. The subject alone is intriguing enough to have me interested in the film.

Gary Hustwit's Helvetica was a surprising film, a documentary about the use of a simple typeface that became an engaging and successful documentary for him in 2007, who would have thought that would have led to anything more. It did, and he released Objectified which looked at manufacturing and design, and again it was another documentary that drew you to a subject you thought couldn't.

Now Urbanized is set to do the same thing, although I think the topic has far more off the block allure than the previous films, designing cities for people to live in is a topic that hasn't really been explored before and this documentary does boast some top names from the architectural and design world.

Here's the blurb:

The final documentary in director Gary Hustwit's design film trilogy (Helvetica and Objectified), Urbanized asks who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? How does the design of our cities affect our lives? Traveling to over 40 cities and exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, from massive infrastructure initiatives to temporary interventions, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.

The film features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers, including Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Jan Gehl, Oscar Niemeyer, Amanda Burden, Enrique Peñalosa, Alejandro Aravena, Eduardo Paes, Ricky Burdett, Michael Sorkin, Bruce Katz, Candy Chang, and many more, including extraordinary citizens who have affected change in their cities.

The trailer for Urbanized does look rather interesting and sets up the film's scope to be rather large from the outset. The trailer comes through I Watch Stuff and The Playlist:




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