Netflix Streaming: Urbanism Movies

Are you getting excited about the New Urbanism Film Festival?

The festival will feature short and feature length films about architecture, urban planning, design, bicycle advocacy, walkability, urban farming, and neighborhood design.

New Urbanism Film Festival Film Strip Banner

There is a movement happening across the country of people moving back into the cities and doing things to make them great.  Street art, farmers markets, tactical urbanism, urban gardening, bike trains, walking tours, etc.  Come to the festival to be inspired by these stories from all over the country and then start your own project to save your own city.

In the meantime, if you want to get a head start on the conversation about the built environment and how we relate to our cities, we present….

 

Movies with an Urbanism theme you can stream on Netflix right now!

 

Urbanized

The End of Suburbia

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

The Garden

Happy

Carbon Nation

General Orders No 9

Detroipia

The Truman Show

No Impact Man

The Island President

 

A Note about Fiction Movies and Suburbs.

Peruse the Netflix search results you get when you search for Suburbs.

You get a lot of people trying to escape.  Whether it is the TV series Suburbia or Alex Mac, it’s obvious: kids hate the suburbs.  There is also a lot of drugs in the burbs.  Whether it is the casual pothead stumbling through life, or families dealing pot, or hardcore meth induced nightmares, drugs are abundant and quite possibly necessary in the suburbs.  If you didn’t get out as a teenager, then you’d better be on drugs because life sucks here. Suburban drug use and murder is such a common theme in TV and movies that it is parodied in the comedy The Burbs.  Comedy or drama, Tv or movies, the suburbs are not kindly looked upon.

 

 

So what’s happening in the cities?

People are falling in love.  Cities are for lovers.  And they have been for generations.  Whether it is The Apartment, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, or You’ve got Mail, 500 days of Summer, love is to be found in the hustle and bustle of the big city.

 

 

So what will you choose: destruction and despair of the suburbs or the love and buzz of the big city?

 

“Build the cities for lovers and friends”

Lewis Mumford

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