Gary Hustwit

Thursday, April 5th, 7:00 – 9:30pm




In the University Theatre on the Upper Campus at California State University, Long Beach

Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? And how does the design of our cities affect our lives? By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects in dozens of cities around the world, from massive infrastructure initiatives to temporary interventions, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.

Gary Hustwit is an independent filmmaker based in New York and London. He has produced eight feature documentaries, including the award-winning I Am Trying To Break Your Heart about the band Wilco; and Moog, the documentary about electronic music pioneer Robert Moog.

In 2007 he made his directorial debut with Helvetica, a documentary about graphic design and typography. The film marked the beginning of a design film trilogy, with Objectified, about industrial design and product design following in 2009. Urbanized, about the design of cities, was released in 2011.

The final documentary in director Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy, Urbanized features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers. It includes Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Jan Gehl, Oscar Niemeyer, Amanda Burden, Enrique Peñalosa, Alejandro Aravena, Eduardo Paes, Rahul Mehrotra, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Ricky Burdett, James Corner, Michael Sorkin, Bruce Katz, Candy Chang, and Edgar Pieterse, as well as the extraordinary citizens who have affected change in their cities.

“Gary Hustwit’s fascinating, idea-packed… documentary survey[s] both the challenges and promises facing some of the world’s important cities. Here is Paris, yes, and New York… and here are the slums of Mumbai and the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. But have you heard about the bike lanes of Bogotá, Colombia? About the walkways threaded through the townships on the outskirts of Cape Town? About the new housing projects that are replacing the informal settlements in Santiago, Chile?

Urbanized is less focused on the history of cities than on the way they are adapting to the challenges of the present and future, notably climate change and population growth. Against [earlier] follies, the case is made for pedestrian-friendly metropolitan cores, bicycle lanes and an ethic that combines the knowledge of experts with the desires and innovations of local residents.

Mr. Hustwit relies more on the testimony of professionals than on the wisdom of ordinary people, but that is in keeping with the overall mood of the film, which is lively, curious and pedagogical. Like a really good class taught by a team of enthusiastic professors, Urbanized supplies grist for many late-night arguments or solitary ruminations. It is worth venturing out of your room, climbing on your bike or boarding a low-emissions bus and fighting your way through a crowd to see.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

Tickets are free – $5 to park in Lot 7

Tickets and more information:

Enter campus from 7th street.

Turn on to East or West Campus Drive.

Make first turn on to South Campus Drive.

Turn on to the South Campus Loop.

Follow the Loop to the entrance to Lot 7

Park in Lot 7 – $5