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Vermilionville continues free film series with Urbanized

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Vermilionville will screen Urbanized, a documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design, at their free monthly cultural film series, Les Vues held the last Monday of the month.

Following the screenings will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator about the movie and how it applies on a local level.

September's screening will be held on Monday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Vermilionville's Performance Center and will be curated by Peter & Allison DeHart of Makermade who will be screening Urbanized, a documentary film by Gary Hustwit. Following the screening will be a panel discussion on the urban development of Lafayette with Nathan Norris and Geoff Dryer (Downtown Development & Design Center), Cathie Gilbert (Project Director, Lafayette Comprehensive Plan), Hector LaSala (UL School of Architecture & Design), Phanat Xanamane (Envision DaBERRY) and a representative of Urban Land Institute Louisiana. Admission to the film series is free, but a suggested $5 donation will go towards screening and curating costs.


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.

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