HPA Movie Night: Urbanized
Architecture is an inherently public act that takes place in the context of human society. As a result, it’s often shaped by the global issues of the day, whether it’s the Modernist movement, the energy crisis, or global warming. To explore this intersection of architecture, design, and the wider culture—and treat ourselves to some entertainment—we’ve decided to make the last Friday of the month movie night here at Henriquez Partners Architects.
Our inaugural screening, Urbanized, explores the challenges of mass urbanization in relation to housing, transportation, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and the environment as interpreted by architects, planners, policymakers, thinkers, and activists. Against the backdrop of urban follies—unwalkable Brasilia and insensitive development in Stuttgart—and small-scale tangible solutions—cycle lanes in Bogotá and the High Line in New York City—the film posits that citizens, not architects and planners, are the solution to the urban question.
Urbanized essentially asks: who is allowed to shape our cities and how do they do it?
Next up we’ll be watching How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? about prominent architect Sir Norman Foster; Blue Vinyl, a documentary on the effects of pollution, bio-accumulation, and plastics on the environment; and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, which examines the complex relationship between art and activism as seen through a Chinese dissident’s life and art. Have ideas for other movies we should screen? Let us know in the comments section.
Click Play Video to watch the trailer for Urbanized.