How cities should work – Imprint – Salon.com

19 Oct

An interview with Gary Hustwit, director of , “Urbanized,” a design documentary.

Everybody wants to change their city and make it better, but a lot of people don’t really know how to go about doing that.

Is there a message you want people to take away from the film?

A lot of it is about how cities should work. The projects take so long that it’s a detriment because political winds change and citizens who should be involved in the project don’t even know it’s happening until the bulldozers start rolling in. It’s never the case where government is going to ask “What projects do we need?” and really use the public as a compass. The main time the public interfaces with the city is when they are against something that is already underway. They are not leading a positive initiative to get something done. That’s the takeaway of this film: Be more involved and critical about how you want your city to be.

via How cities should work – Imprint – Salon.com.

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