CITY OF THE FUTURE – FUTURE OF THE CITY

Our global population is in the process of becoming a predominantly urban population. This film examines development issues and politics in three European metropolises: London, Madrid and Hamburg.

This report takes place in three European metropolises: London, Madrid and Hamburg. The film asks who really decides how our cities develop. In London, we discover the concept of the city as a profit-oriented business, which has to assert itself in global competition with other metropolises. In Hamburg, we follow, on the one hand, the redevelopment of a troubled district by the local government. On the other hand, we see how the small artist’s district, the Gängeviertel, is being reshaped by the citizens themselves. In Madrid, the problems of a constantly growing city take on a very concrete form: just 20 km from the centre of the city, Cañada Real, an illegally-constructed autonomously governed district has emerged. This situation was tolerated by the authorities for decades, but in more recent years, the city has been demolishing houses and evicting families because the economic value of the area has increased due to the growth of the city.

Genre Current Affairs
Length 45’ HD
Film by Irja Martens
Production fechnerMEDIA for SR/ARTE, 2013
Original Title Stadt der Zukunft – Zukunft der Stadt / La ville du futur – le futur de la ville
Year 2013

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Our global population is in the process of becoming a predominantly urban population. This film examines development issues and politics in three European metropolises: London, Madrid and Hamburg.

This report takes place in three European metropolises: London, Madrid and Hamburg. The film asks who really decides how our cities develop. In London, we discover the concept of the city as a profit-oriented business, which has to assert itself in global competition with other metropolises. In Hamburg, we follow, on the one hand, the redevelopment of a troubled district by the local government. On the other hand, we see how the small artist’s district, the Gängeviertel, is being reshaped by the citizens themselves. In Madrid, the problems of a constantly growing city take on a very concrete form: just 20 km from the centre of the city, Cañada Real, an illegally-constructed autonomously governed district has emerged. This situation was tolerated by the authorities for decades, but in more recent years, the city has been demolishing houses and evicting families because the economic value of the area has increased due to the growth of the city.

Current Affairs
Length 45’ HD
Film by Irja Martens
Production fechnerMEDIA for SR/ARTE, 2013
Original title Stadt der Zukunft – Zukunft der Stadt / La ville du futur – le futur de la ville