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July 29, 2010

The next film: Urbanized

Five years ago I began work on my first documentary, Helvetica, which looked at the worlds of typography and graphic design, and their impact on our visual environment. After Helvetica was released in 2007, I had the idea for a second film, Objectified, which focused on industrial design and product design, and our relationship with the manufactured objects that surround us. While working on Objectified, I realized I wanted to make a third film that would also examine how design affects our lives, and began thinking of the films as a “design trilogy” of sorts.

The third documentary in this trilogy is about the design of cities. Urbanized looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design, featuring 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 will frame a global discussion on the future of cities.

Urbanized is currently in production and will premiere in 2011. We’ll be releasing more details about the cities, projects, and people featured in the film in the next few months, along with a proper site. Once again I’ve teamed up with cinematographer Luke Geissbuhler, and I hope you’ll follow along as we complete the film and finish this third exploration into the role of design in our lives.

For the time being, my Twitter feed is probably the best way to keep up with news during this process. Comments, questions, suggestions? info[at]urbanizedfilm[dot]com



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Gichurl Sung says

Jul 29, 2010

Sounds very interesting.
Can't wait to see it.
It was great when you visit Korea with Helvetica and Objectified.
There might be many people who will wait to see Urbanized in Korea.

Jenny and Scott Cartwright says

Aug 01, 2010

Can't wait to see what you come up with. Your previous two films are great, we hope to see you come to Houston soon.

Brandon says

Aug 04, 2010

Can't wait to see it.

Please have a showing in Vancouver!

John says

Aug 05, 2010

watched objectified, then downloaded helvetica, will be watching objectified and taking notes. can't wait for urbanized. keep up the good work. peace.

Urbanaut says

Aug 05, 2010

I really got a lot out of Helvetica and Objectified and I'm happy to learn about Urbanised (UK spelling!). Along the same lines perhaps a look at where civilisation is going next: Colony One. A glimpse of the challenges of living elsewhere than Earth.

Hadi says

Aug 19, 2010

Great news. Helvetica and Objectified were equal parts awesome and educational. I'm a product designer based in Amman, Jordan (or at least trying to be one), and Objectified really helped in starting discussions with people who knew what ID is and inform people that had no clue.

You've done a great job so far, and with your talent and attention to detail I know you won't pull a Matrix: Revolutions. The final Saga of your epic trilogy will be an great finish to a legendary series.

J Taylor says

Aug 25, 2010

All I can say is that I'm excited. I'm a big fan of your other films so I'll be looking forward to this one.