The newest documentary from one of our favorite directors, Gary Hustwit, just dropped. Titled Urbanized, it's the third movie in Hustwit's "design trilogy," which also includes Helvetica (which we reviewed shortly after its premiere) and Objectified, and focuses this time on the design of modern cities, and the more interesting question of who actually designs them.
Hustwit's design trilogy has gotten steadily broader and more ambitious, and this newest film "features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers" pontificating on one of the grandest design projects there is: an entire city. There's a ton to talk about with this subject, so we're hoping Hustwit can bring his signature style and ability to both fascinate his viewers and make them feel like experts. The movie is due to hit the festival circuit later this year, followed by a theatrical release probably sometime in 2012.
city planning... i wish we all had the money of Abu Dhabi...now thats city planning. All we can hope for is a stop sign at that dangerous intersection on the block...shame shame shame on north America as a whole
Shame on North America? You know what? I am sick and tired of every progressive better than you, wanna be intellectual who thinks thius country is so backwards and his parents are so unfair. Grow up. You live in the greatest country that has ever been. No, we dont have city planning like Abu Dabi or where-the-heck-ever. Take a second and think about why before you crap on the cradle of the modern world. We were first! So Firtsies! Now you try to corral all of the forces of a growing civilization and a free market economy that is moving rapidly from agricultural to industiral to computerized, post modern all in a century or so. Yeah shame... Shame for inventing the modern world. We are all sorry that you are too socially inept to find a girl that will talk to you after you tell her how cozy your mom's basement is, but for most of us, this country is pretty great. So stop listening to all the rejects out there who have nothing better to do than stand on a street corner and preach the worst of worst about all that bums them out, and motivate yourself to fix the problems in your life. Then if you manage that start working on the worlds problems and leave it better off instead of just complaining about someone not having foresight as perfect as your judgemental (albeit limited) hindsight.
I think you both have valid points~ sure, america has had its fair share of pioneers, but yeah, a lot of countries or more accurately "individuals" have studied what america has accomplished and has since improved on america's mistakes. Props for "firsties", but guess its not too hard of a stretch to understand why someone is bummed when other people are obviously doing it better these days. I guess the moral of the story is~ dont get caught up too much about what america was or even is at this point, becuase honestly, it doesnt matter. 1,000 years from now everything humanity has done up to this point will probably be summed up in a few text books(or whatever medium). I don't mean to belittle our efforts so far, I just don't see the point or need for this pride/shame. It serves no purpose but to handicap the one thing that actually matters, which is tomorrow.
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What an intelligent person should realize is that many criticisms of the current state of the US are often aimed at improving it. For example, those who moronically enshrine the false and ego-maniacal slogan "This is the greatest country on earth!" (or "greatest country that has ever been") are convincing nobody that this arrogant falsehood is true. They are only convincing others that the advocate of such a slogan is incredibly stupid and uninformed about the rest of the world as well as history. So stop using slogans like that. It embarrasses the rest of the thinking citizens of the US that there are people who would say something that dumb. The US can be a great country without this kind of hubris.
"Then if you manage that start working on the worlds problems and leave it better off instead of just complaining about someone not having foresight as perfect as your judgmental (albeit limited) hindsight."