Global Trends


Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it?
donderdag 10 apr 2014, 20.00
do 10 apr 2014, 20.00
IJ Zaal

Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain.

Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? Unlike many other fields of design, cities aren’t created by any one specialist or expert. There are many contributors to urban change, including ordinary citizens who can have a great impact improving the cities in which they live. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.


The screening of the documentary is followed by a discussion with Willemijn Lofvers and Menno van der Veen. Together we will address the issues raised in the documentary with regard to ownership and responsibility in urban planning.