School of Architecture film series


  • Categories: Film
  • Event posted: Jan. 22, 2012
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

This spring semester, the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning presents a design film trilogy by Gary Hustwit, that shows us how design shapes the world around us.

The trilogy begins with Gary Hustwit’s directorial debut documentary, "Helvetica" on February 6th. Helvetica explores the worlds of typography and graphic design through the eyes of one loved/hated ubiquitous little font. As a filmmaker, Gary Hustwit “likes the idea of taking a closer look at the things we take for granted and changing the way people think about them, whether it’s type or objects or whatever”. His second feature, "Objectified" on March 6th, looks at industrial & product design, and our relationship with the manufactured objects that surround us.

His brand new documentary and last installment in the design trilogy, "Urbanized" on April 9th , focuses on the creation of cities and asks the world's leading architects, planners, policymakers, builders and thinkers to discuss the issues and strategies behind cities. Hustwit explains, “I had the first ideas for Urbanized in 2007, when I traveled to over 100 cities for the screening tour for Helvetica. I hadn’t planned on making a series of films about design, but after making Helvetica, I was thinking a lot about all the ways design affects our daily lives. This led to the second film in the trilogy, Objectified, about manufactured objects and industrial design. But the design of our cities struck me as the area of design that had the most impact on our lives. Where we live, how we get around, where we work, how we relax, what opportunities we’re afforded; the physical design of the city dictates all of these factors.”

Each film will be shown at 7pm in Woodruff Auditorum in the Kansas Union on the campus of the University of Kansas. All are free & open to the public. The last film in the series, Urbanized, will feature a Q&A with Hustwit.


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