I loved Helvetica and Objectified, but I cannot wait for Urbanized:
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.
I've written before at length about my fascination with cities, planning and the effect our decisions in these areas have on so many facets of our society. So while Gary Hustwit's previous two design-related documentaries most certainly had their impact, I feel Urbanized is really the movie I've been waiting to see - and the one that has perhaps the most potential to generate a lasting, important conversation. It can't hit the big screen soon enough.