The Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series: Film Screening — "Urbanized"

April 3, 2012

Film: Urbanized

Director: Gary Hustwit

The description of the documentary is as follows and can be accessed on the documentary’s Web site:

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.

Urbanized is the third part of Hustwit’s design film trilogy, joining Helvetica and Objectified. Urbanized is currently screening at film festivals and cinemas worldwide, with television broadcasts, and release on DVD and digital formats in early 2012.

The event is free; however, the Department of Design asks that those interested in attending reserve a ticket to ensure seating at 7 p.m. Those without a ticket must wait until 7:10 p.m. Please click here to reserve a ticket.

Sponsor: The Department of Design

Through the years, the Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series has invited top professionals to share their knowledge and experience with design students at California State University, Long Beach. Thanks to Cecelia Anderson-Malcolm and the Duncan Anderson Endowment, CSULB now has an ongoing design lecture series to rival those at private design schools. The CSULB Industrial Design Program is working closely with IDSA-LA, and its student chapters, to schedule an exciting line-up of speakers.