Cities on Film

This series of acclaimed documentary films, presented by Planetizen Courses, explores the evolving ambitions of urban planning, from the prominent figures of history to the contested spaces of the present day.

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

What makes good public spaces work, and why are some public spaces underused? Over the course of this film, William Whyte details insights into seven basic factors of successful public spaces: suitable space, interaction with the street, the sun, food, water, trees, and, finally, a term Whyte calls triangulation, or the ability of a public space to bring people together.

60 Mins
AICP CM
Film

The Human Scale

The Human Scale juxtaposes the urban experiences of cities across the World to raise questions about the costs of modernity and to argue in favor of city planning that reclaims the public realm for social life. This new approach to planning is measured by walking distances, social interactions, and social inclusion, rather than vehicle speeds and parking spaces.

81 Mins
AICP CM
Film

Urbanized

This 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 Urbanized, ambition can be self-taught, community-based, and balanced with nature.

86 Mins
AICP CM
Film

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City

“Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City” tells the story of Daniel Burnham’s life and achievements, as one of the most influential architects and planners in American history.

58 Mins
AICP CM
Film

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

The 2011 documentary film, “The Myth of Pruitt-Igoe,” documents the rapid rise and fall of a housing complex in St. Lous that became a symbol for the failure of public housing policy in the late 20th century.

84 Mins
AICP CM
Film

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