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A 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.

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Credited cast:
Rem Koolhaas ...
Himself - Architect, OMA
Oscar Niemeyer ...
Himself - Architect, Oscar Niemeyer Architects
Enrique Penalosa ...
Himself - Mayor of Bogotá, 1998 - 2001 (as Enrique Peñalosa)
Norman Foster ...
Himself - Architect, Foster + Partners (as Sir Norman Foster)
Amanda M. Burden ...
Herself - NYC Department of City Planning (as Amanda Burden)
Robert Hammond ...
Himself - Co-founder, Friends of The High Line
Eduardo Paes ...
Himself - Mayor, Rio de Janeiro
Joshua David ...
Himself - Co-founder, Friends of The High Line
Gangolf Stocker ...
Himself - S21 Opposition Spokesperson
Fritz Mielert ...
Himself - Activist, Parkschutzer
Yung Ho Chang ...
Himself - Architect, Atelier FCJZ
Ricky Burdett ...
Himself - Director, LSE Cities / Urban Age
Jan Gehl ...
Himself - Architect, Gehl Architects
Grady Gammage Jr. ...
Himself - Zoning Attorney, Real Estate Developer
Alejandro Aravena ...
Himself - Architect, Elemental
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A 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.

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My favourite Doc from this years Tiff
26 October 2011 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Should be an absolute must see for anyone in local politics. The first comment from anyone in the audience after the premiere was: "I hope our god-damned mayor was here to see this"

He should have been - together with his entire city council.

What really took my breath away was how you can build a transportation system to address the needs of tens of thousands of cyclists or several hundred motorists and watching the mayor of Bogota Columbia explaining his priorities while giving an interview riding a bike in the heart of his city - amazing.

Another key element involved how small, close knit communities were destroyed at the dawn of the automotive era to make way for freeways between city cores and suburban sprawls where cars were necessary to travel the great distances between destinations largely because of the huge parking lots required at every place you wanted to go.

Plan first build later.

Excellent film - I hope new cities in Asia can learn from our western mistakes


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