The documentary film "Urbanized" debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011 and went on to find success in popularizing a conversation about urbanism, urban planning, and cities in a way that few cultural artifacts have managed before or since. "Urbanized" captures the magic of cities as achieved through effective urban design , and illuminates the consequences of bad urban design,encapsulated in the film by the car-oriented cities of the 20th century United States. While the consequences of bad urban design are all around, so too is the collective potential to change the path of cities in the future. To express the potential of cities, the film features some of the leading figures of the era in planning and urban design, like Amanda Burden, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Jan Gehl, James Corner, Enrique Peñalosa, and many more.
The film surveys some of the most pressing challenges of contemporary urbanism, while also presenting some of the most ambitious ideas for addressing those challenges. In "Urbanized," the ideas don't always require the most famous architects and financing from the richest people in the world. According to Urbanize, ambition can be self-taught, community-based, and balanced with nature. The film is rich with examples of the ways in which these types of ambition play a role in developing design interventions that change the built environment for the better.
From the slums of Mumbai to the bus rapid transit of Bogota to the High Line of New York to the community gardens of Detroit, "Urbanized" tours the people and ideas that are attempting to change the path of urban design, away from the modernistic and automobile-based plans of the 20th century, toward a human scaled city that encourages the social life of residents.
Planetizen Courses is proud to present “Urbanized” as a part of "Cities on Film," a series of acclaimed documentary films exploring subjects related to urban planning.