MESYM Crossover Documentary Series #3: Urbanized

The MESYM Crossover Documentary Series is held every last Sunday of each month @ Merdekarya. Everyone is invited to come watch the documentary, participate in the discussion, and meet like-minded people. Admission is free, just buy a drink!

For our third event, the crossover topic is Urbanization. We will screen Urbanized, a documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

The team of #BetterCities will join us and lead the post-film discussion. #BetterCities is an initiative to focus on creative, collaborative and community-centered approaches to improve urban living and environment in Southeast Asian cities. The fundamental methodologies of our urban engagement are: critical discourse, creative intervention, and participatory action, to empower and encourage individuals to take more ownership of the places and spaces they belong in. The urban campaign was originally started in Kuala Lumpur in late 2011 by the multi-platform creative outfit, Popdigital.

About Urbanized

Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features 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 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.

People featured in the film

Udo Andriof (Stuttgart 21), Alejandro Aravena (Elemental), Jon Bird (Open University), Amanda Burden (NYC Department of Planning), Ricky Burdett (LSE Urban Age Project), Candy Chang (Civic Center), Yung Ho Chang (Atelier FCJZ), Noah Chasin (Bard College), James Corner (Field Operations), Mark Covington (Georgia Street Community Garden), Joshua David (Friends of the High Line), Ellen Dunham-Jones (Georgia Tech), Kathryn Ewing (Sun Development), Sir Norman Foster (Foster + Partners), Grady Gammage Jr. (Gammage & Burnham), Jan Gehl (Gehl Architects), Alastair Graham (City of Cape Town), Robert Hammond (Friends of the High Line), Jacqueline James (Jonker & Barnes Architects), Bruce Katz (Brookings Institution), Tarna Klitzner (Landscape Architect), Rem Koolhaas (OMA), Rahul Mehrotra (RMA Architects), Grover Mouton (Tulane University TRUDC), Oscar Niemeyer (ONA), Sicelo Nkohla (VPUU), Eduardo Paes (Mayor, Rio de Janeiro), Sheela Patel (SPARC), Enrique Peñalosa (Former Mayor of Bogota), Edgar Pieterse (African Centre for Cities), Ric Scofidio (Diller, Scofidio + Renfro), Michael Sorkin (Sorkin Architects), Gangolf Stocker (Leben in Stuttgart).


Please beware that we have changed the event starting time from 7 to 8 pm, so now our muslim friends can pray and still attend the event 🙂

About MESYM Crossover Documentary Series

Why “Crossover”? Economics, politics, capitalism, democracy, mass media, etc… all these topics (and many more) are directly or indirectly linked with the natural world that we live in. However, these interconnections are not always apparent. With the Crossover Series we show a documentary of a chosen topic in every event, and discuss its connection with environmental issues. Click here for more info in our Crossover Documentary Series.

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