Who would’ve thought a documentary about a font could be interesting? Leave it to director Gary Hustwit, who with his 2007 debut feature film “Helvetica” not only made a typeface seem thrilling, he also delivered one of the finest documentaries of that year. Following a similar path, he followed up that film with “Objectified,” a look at industrial design that again took a premise that seemed bone dry but turned into something compelling. Well, design fans take note because Hustwit has one more for you.
Capping off what will be a trilogy of documentaries on design, Hustwit has just come back from Toronto where he premiered “Urbanized” his look at, you guessed it, urban planning and design. The trailer for the film once again points to a film that will take some very specific subject matter and turn into something that will be broadly appealing. Like his past efforts, Hustwit has gathered together some big names from the industry to lend their thoughts to the film and we’d list them there, but to be honest, we have no idea who they are but for those of you who are savvier with this topic, you can check out the list in the official synopsis below.
“Urbanized” will open on Friday, October 28th in New York City and will roll out to theaters from there. Check out the trailer below. [I Watch Stuff]
The final documentary in director Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy (HELVETICA and OBJECTIFIED), URBANIZED asks who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? How does the design of our cities affect our lives? Traveling to over 40 cities and exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, from massive infrastructure initiatives to temporary interventions, URBANIZED frames a global discussion on the future of cities.
The film features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers, including Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Jan Gehl, Oscar Niemeyer, Amanda Burden, Enrique Peñalosa, Alejandro Aravena, Eduardo Paes, Ricky Burdett, Michael Sorkin, Bruce Katz, Candy Chang, and many more, including extraordinary citizens who have affected change in their cities.