Downtown Columbia

A view of Downtown Columbia from overhead. (Doug Kapustin / September 18, 2012)

A city renowned for its innovative design — and in the midst of a partial redesign — Tuesday will host the screening of a documentary on how cities are planned.

The Columbia Association’s Community Building series will present “Urbanized,” a documentary that explores the design of cities.

The 85-minute film is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the East Columbia 50+ Center, located at the East Columbia branch library, and will be followed by a group discussion about the future of cities.

Gary Hustwit’s documentary “looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders and thinkers,” according to the film’s website.


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“The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns,” the website said. “Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain.”

Added Jane Dembner, director of Community Building and Sustainability at CA: “As redevelopment of Downtown Columbia moves from vision to reality, what better time to sponsor this new film that explores the design of cities?”

Seating for the screening is limited and registration is recommended, though not required. Register online here.