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Urbanized, a documentary about the design of cities, looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policy makers, builders, and thinkers. It considers the questions: Who shapes 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 on 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.
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(chimes) (cars driving and birds chirping) (tranquil music) Cities today have been doing the same thing that they've done for three-, four-, five-thousand years.
They've been the place where the flows of people, the flows of money, the flows of goods have collapsed. Cities are always the physical manifestation of the big forces at play. Economic forces. Social forces. Environmental forces. The thing that attracts us to the city is the chance encounter, it's the knowledge that you will be able to start here end up there and go back there.
But as something unexpected will happen along the way, [that] you'll make a discovery. That in a way is the magic of cities. (helicopter) (upbeat poprock music) (miniature building crumbles) Urban design is really the language of the city.
When you walk down a street, everything you see has been designed. The width of a sidewalk, where trees are planted, the scale of the trees, how the street furniture interacts, how many stores you have per block, the height of the buildings, where they set back. Each one of these things, has been thought about. The thing about urban design is that unlike it being a solitary enterprise of an artist sitting in her/his studio, what you really have is a multidisciplinary group of people coming together, working on the same project but coming from very different perspectives, having different agendas and different roles.
So you've got the architect, you've got the developer or the group of the developers, you have state and federal and city agencies. Woman with glasses: I'm not particularly fond of... You have the public which is a major component, you have landmarks or other historically minded groups and they all come together to work against and with eachother in order to bring the project to fruition.
These can range from small temporary interventions to massive large scale infrastructural projects. Forces of change are happening on every level. Technological change. New forms and modes of transportation. The eventualities of natural man-made disasters. These are all things that are going to be addressed by urban design.
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