Urbanized Documentary Starts Tonight at Circle Cinema

February 3, 2012 in Education by bikewalkadmin

TULSA – The feature-length documentary, Urbanized, about the issues and strategies behind urban design will be screening in Tulsa at the Circle Cinema beginning Feb. 3. and running through Feb. 9. The documentary features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Tonight’s showing will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by James Wagner from INCOG and featuring Dawn Warrick, City of Tulsa Planning and Urban Development, and Rebecca Caldwell & Alexis Shahadi from OU-Urban Design Studio.

The Wednesday, February 8, 7pm showing will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jamie Jamieson of the Pearl District and Transportation Advisory Board. The panel will also feature Bob Sober from PLANiTULSA, District 4 City Councilor Blake Ewing, and possibly Lee Anne Zeigler of the Foundation for Tulsa Architecture.

More than 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 frames a global discussion on the future of cities.

Urbanized is the third part of Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy, joining Helvetica and Objectified, which have both screened at Circle Cinema.