“Cities are always the physical manifestation of the big forces at play. Economic forces. Social forces. Environmental forces.”

That’s just one tidbit from Urbanized, a 2011 documentary on the universal challenges that cities big and small are facing today. Producer and director Gary Hustwit takes viewers across the globe and interviews some of the top thought leaders in urban design and city planning. Upbeat music and fantastic visuals complement a journey through issues both modern and timeless: poverty, transit systems, parks, street design, and everything in-between.

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