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The Planning and Architecture Research Group (PARG) presents "Urbanized" film screening

March 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

PARG is pleased to announce a special Taubman College screening of the recent Gary Hustwit documentary Urbanized. This highly regarded 2011 documentary on global urbanization covers the wide range of stakeholders that shape cities, now and in the future. Screenings occurred in cities ranging from London to Toronto and New York to Detroit. The documentary is 90 minutes long and will be screened after classes on Friday, March 16, 2012, 6:30pm, in room 2104 (the auditorium).

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. More information on urbanizedfilm.com.

About PARG The Planning and Architecture Research Group (PARG) is an organization of the doctoral students in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. We support the doctoral students in a variety of ways, working to promote a sense of community and create opportunities for the exchange of ideas.


March 16, 2012
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm