Gary Hustwit's new urban design documentary, Urbanized, travels around the world to learn about how design affects one of mankind's largest creations: cities. From the Urbanized website:

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 in the trilogy of design-themed documentaries. The other two documentaries, Helvetica and Objectified, are looks into how design shapes our lives, from one of the world's most ubiquitous type faces, to products. Both are highly recommended if you're at all interested in design.

I'll be on hand for the special screening in Austin, TX this Wednesday. I'll be back with a follow up report from the screening. In the mean time, check out the trailer: