Almost exactly a year ago, I attended the screening for Gary Hustwit's film Objectified. It was in the post-film Q&A that Gary alluded to a new film project but adamantly declined to give any further details. Moments ago, I received Hustwit's email newsletter announcing his new project that will complete his documentary trilogy - Helvetica, Objectified, and now Urbanized.
Hustwit says of his new project, "Urbanized looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design, featuring some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers." He seems to have a knack for finding a niche and documenting the relevant issues surrounding that community. And after all, what more relevant topic is there to city planning than sustainability? Given the film's future 2011 release, I can only assume that Urbanized will be equally important to the urban planner/designer crowd as Helvetica was to the type nerd (like me), or as Objectified was to the industrial designer. Hustwit also states, "the challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns." I think this film is significant to Be A Green Commuter readers because I believe addressing the issue of 'balance' as Hustwit calls it is crucial for sustainability to be, well, sustainable.
I emailed Mr. Hustwit to see if I could find out more information about the role of sustainability in the film and like a true documentarian he replied that he needs to get closer to finishing the film before he can discuss its contents any further. He also pointed me towards an interview he did a few weeks ago with Co. Design.
This post may be a little bit of a stretch in its application to Green Commuter blog; however, given Gary Hustwit's previous work in similar endeavors, I assume that at the very least the film will serve as a bench mark for people to know where we stand and where we need to go in terms of urban planning and greater access and mobility. At the best it could inspire creative ideas, involvement, and 'green' solutions so i guess here's to hoping...