Urbanization + Smart Cities

The best films and documentaries on urban development, urbanization and smart cities.

Cities spew out a huge portion of global pollution and consume three quarters of the energy used worldwide. Most cities were built around industry, cars, economy and not with sustainability in mind. To ensure a livable future this needs to change. Smart and green cities are designed for life quality, low environmental impact, city ecology and an efficient use of resources. Information and communication technologies can be used to improve traffic flow, water use, energy supply and provide access to critical data.

Another side of urbanization is land-use planning. How can ecosystems be kept intact and still provide food, water and shelter for the human population? Solutions include the preservation of open spaces, high-density construction and mixed-use development that keep most areas of daily need in walkable or bikeable distance. This is closely linked to the subject area of "mobility".

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The battle for life on earth will be won or lost in cities. - Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention of Biological Diversity

Our Film Tips

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Manufactured Landscapes

The influences of the industrial revolution on landscapes and cities are illustrated by Edward Burtynsky's impressive pictures.
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The Human Scale

How do we create livable urban habitats? The potential for shaping cities around human needs instead of around industry and economy.
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Edible City

About energetic people who transform the streets, parking lots and parks of their city into a tasty garden.

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The Most Interesting Clips

How free is your parking?

How free is your parking?

20 Bikes, 1 Car Parking Space

20 Bikes, 1 Car Parking Space

Tianjin Eco-City: Urban living for the future

Tianjin Eco-City: Urban living for the future

How a Brazilian City Has Revolutionized Urban Planning

How a Brazilian City Has Revolutionized Urban Planning

Norman Foster: Building on the Green agenda

Norman Foster: Building on the Green agenda

Designing Urban Infrastructure: Investing for now or tomorrow? - Norman Foster

Designing Urban Infrastructure: Investing for now or tomorrow? - Norman Foster

Smart Infrastructure - Dean Garrett for World Economic Forum

Smart Infrastructure - Dean Garrett for World Economic Forum

Elementarräumchen

Elementarräumchen

Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities

Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities