"Urbanized" - A Reminder of The Vital Role of City Design


You can experience and love a city only if it is accessible to you. For cities to come alive, therefore, those responsible for designing it need to be aware of this fundamental truth. The documentary "Urbanized" reminds us of many forgotten truths, one of which is that the individual must get involved.

“Urbanized”, a documentary on cities, has been attracting much attention since its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011. It has been screened in many cities all over the world and has received glowing reviews.

In the last two months, Penang Institute, in collaboration with local councils and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), had been showing the documentary to local councillors, municipal officials, members of professional bodies and grassroots leaders. Usually, there were discussions after the shows.

The feature-length documentary by Gary Hustwit, who is an independent filmmaker based in New York and London, is about the design of cities and how it affects housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement and the environment.

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