BYU’s Documentary Cinema Film Series kicks off tonight with a screening of “Urbanized.” The film was produced in 2011 by Gary Hustwit, the same guy behind the incredible “Helvetica,” and according to its website 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.
I’ve already heard good things about this film and it’s fantastic that there is a free screening right here in Provo. The film will be introduced by Jamin Rowan, a very cool BYU English professor who is an expert on cities and Jane Jacobs, among other things. It’s stuff like this that makes be glad to live in a college town.