Sunday, October 22nd

6:00pm Global Urbanism Short Films $12

  • Urban Labs 0:30:50
  • Cycologic 0:15:00
  • Oslo: The Journey to Car-free 0:11:25
  • Cerebral City* 0:11:17


Urban Labs

directed by Alexander Valetonurban labs.png

Throughout the world rapid urbanization is causing many cities to grow uncontrolled. the pressure is very difficult to handle. UN Habitat set up teams of 4 to 5 planners, architects and designers to analyze situations and to come up with plans and strategic/diplomatic ideas.
We have followed 5 teams for about 1 year, operating in Philippine, Myanmar, Ghana, Gaza and Mexico sowing the great efforts and the fantastic impact of the Urban Labs.


directed byEmilia Stålhammar, Veronica Pålsson,  Elsa Lövdin

When one’s traveling the streets of Kampala one does not only face a chaotic and dangerous traffic environment but also struggles to go through endless queues, pollutions, motorcyclists and cars attacking you from every angle which is a energy-consuming dilemma.

Politicians seems to have given up but there are a few people who strives to show that there are alternative ways of movements. The urban planner Amanda Ngabirano’s biggest dream is to have a cycling lane in her city.

An impossible task, according to most people, but not according to Amanda.

Oslo: The Journey to Car-free

directed by Clarence Eckerson


oslo.jpgOslo is certainly on its way, and even skeptics seem to know going at least as car-free as possible is inevitable. Besides it being a great environmental goal for the city and to manage growth, Oslo is one of – if not the fastest – growing city in all of Europe. However, the biggest factor is that the air quality in Oslo and many places in Norway is deteriorating. Due to inversion in winter it can be dangerous to the public and keeps vulnerable children and seniors restricted indoors.

Oslo is aiming to reach its goal on many fronts. The city has been aggressively removing car parking and by the end of 2017, they expect to no longer have any on-street parking in the city’s core. All new developments are required to be built car-free. Ruter, the transportation authority for Oslo, is planning on absorbing all new city population growth in addition to the task of converting current drivers to ride buses, trains and trams. Car share systems are beginning to dominate as more families want to live near the city without a personal vehicle. Oh, and there’s this nifty plan to help people pay for electric-assist cargo bikes!

Momentum is certainly on the city’s side and an already great city will one day be fantastic for walking, biking and transit. Will they go completely car-free? Will they do it by 2019? We will find out in a few years. So sit back and listen to a diverse group of voices I got to interview, including Oslo’s charming Mayor Marianne Borgen talk about the philosophy of why all this is being done and the implications for a better Oslo in years to come. Enjoy this movie. It is one of my favorite and an important one for the future of the planet.

Cerebral City

directed by John Moody

cerebral city.jpgA young Australian woman rediscovers her city’s public spaces through the narration of one of Melbourne’s urban designers who helped transform it from an dying wasteland into a vibrant place for people.


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