The Human Scale, screening at the Architecture & Design Film Festival on October 16.
The theme of this year’s Architecture & Design Film Festival, running in New York October 16-20, is urbanism—a subject that never seems to go out of style, especially with non-fiction filmmakers. The scale of city life, the rituals, struggles, triumphs, and failures, create innumerable stories (eight million in New York City alone) so monumental that they must be captured; so fleeting that only the immediacy of film can do them justice.
But documenting the evolution of urban spaces and humanity’s place in them is particularly urgent at this moment of record (and, in some place, dangerously unsustainable) urban migration. Everything is under reconsideration—from how we live in cities to how they’re planned—and this year’s ADFF presents a cross section of the debates raging both on screen and in the streets.