The Life-Sized City
The Global TV Series about Urbanism
Curating Global Urbanism
It's no secret, cities are changing faster than ever. On all continents, in every city, big or small, individuals and groups are taking the lead and bringing ideas to the streets. Together, they are creating modern resilient cities focused on the vision of the humans who inhabit them.
The Life-Sized City is a ground-breaking documentary series produced by DB Com Media in Montreal that explores the anatomy and vibrancy of the modern city, highlighting pockets of life-sized goodness in cities around the world. Hosted by the boldly outspoken and charismatic Mikael Colville-Andersen, often referred to as the Anthony Bourdain of urban development, the series reveals inspiring stories from everyday citizens yearning for change and urban renewal.
Ideas once limited to a single neighbourhood, somewhere half way around the world, are brought to the screen to inspire people from just about everywhere. The Life-Sized City is a catalyst for organic urban change, a gallery of the best and the brightest minds and actions that are making our daily life better, from Medellin to Tokyo and back, via Paris, Bangkok, Detroit, Cape Town and Tel Aviv. Each episode focuses on one city and on what makes it livable (or not) for its residents.
Mikael gives a voice to those who go above and beyond stereotypes and who dare to make a difference, from ordinary citizens to urban activists and political leaders. He is at the helm of intriguing and creative encounters with those who make up the social fabric that redefines city life, talking about public space, transport, family life, urban sprawl, bikeability and green initiatives- all on a human scale. Interacting with true urban heroes, he gets dirt under his fingernails and puts theory to practice as he takes part in surprising urban innovations.
The Life-Sized City is broadcast on TVO and Knowledge Network in Canada as well as tv stations in 12 countries including France, Belgium, Poland, Finland, Italy and Hong Kong - with many more coming up soon. You can see many clips from the episodes on the YouTube channel.