Summer Film Night: Urbanized

  • Date

    Friday, July 23 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 9:30pm

  • Location


Urbanized 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. 

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 frames a global discussion on the future of cities. 

Run Time: 1h 25 min 

Year: 2011 

Directed by: Gary Hustwit 

Available on Kanopy, Vimeo, and Amazon. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film on the host site. Links to the film provided in the registration confirmation email.

Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

This program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism all summer long. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!