Urbanized (2011)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 28, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A showcase for many conflicting viewpoints.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Urbanized" is a fast zoom out to the big picture: The colonies or hives in which we arrange, display and support our lives.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

A good (and great-looking) overview of urban planning

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David Jenkins
Time Out

Concerned inhabitants of the global village would do well to track this one down.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The documentary at times is weighed down by statistics and shop talk, but Luke Geissbuhler's smartly rendered cinematography saves the day.

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Emma Dibdin
Total Film

A rich, ambitious exploration of the ways our surroundings are shaped, and the subtler ways they shape us.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

At the very least, Hustwit drives home the urgency of radically rethinking city life as the world population tops seven billion.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Even viewers with deep knowledge of modern urban planning are likely to learn something from the carefully selected images and thoughtful interviews that make up most of "Urbanized."

Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

The film ticks off a fascinating blend of dos and don'ts for a century that will see even greater numbers of people packing into urban centers.

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