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Urban Movies #7

Periode 2014 / Project Urban Movies #7 / Opdrachtgever Pakhuis de Zwijger / Locatie Amsterdam


Who is al­lo­wed to sha­pe our ci­ties, and how do they do it? The scree­ning of the do­cu­men­ta­ry Ur­ba­ni­zed (2011), a do­cu­men­ta­ry film by Ga­ry Hust­wit, is fol­lo­wed by a dis­cus­si­on with Wil­le­mijn Lof­vers and Men­no van der Veen. To­gether we will ad­dress the is­sues rai­sed in the do­cu­men­ta­ry with re­gard to ow­ner­ship and res­pon­si­bi­li­ty in ur­ban plan­ning.

 

 

Who is al­lo­wed to sha­pe our ci­ties, and how do they do it?

 

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.

 

 

 

The scree­ning of the do­cu­men­ta­ry is fol­lo­wed by a dis­cus­si­on with Wil­le­mijn Lof­vers and Men­no van der Veen. To­gether we will ad­dress the is­sues rai­sed in the do­cu­men­ta­ry with re­gard to ow­ner­ship and res­pon­si­bi­li­ty in ur­ban plan­ning.

 

 

  Ur­ban Mo­vies

Ur­ban Mo­vies is a se­ries of do­cu­men­ta­ries around a broad ran­ge of ur­ban is­sues. Du­ring eve­ry edi­ti­on the scree­ning of the do­cu­men­ta­ry will be com­ple­men­ted by a Q&A with the ma­kers, a de­ba­te with ex­perts around the the­mes ad­dres­sed in the mo­vie, a book pre­sen­ta­ti­on and/or a lec­tu­re by an in­ter­na­ti­o­nal gue­st.

 

Ur­ban Mo­vies is a co­pro­duc­ti­on of the Cen­tre for Ur­ban Stu­dies of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Am­ster­dam and Pak­huis de Zwij­ger.

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