The Life-Sized City

English (Available subtitled in English)

Region: N/A

Year of Production: 2016

Duration: 6*60 min

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 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 neighborhood, somewhere half way around the world, are brought to the screen to inspire people from just about anywhere. 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 Medellín to Tokyo and back, via Paris, Bangkok, Toronto and Ljubljana. 

Each episode focuses on one city and on what makes it livable 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. 

Mikael hits the ground running on the streets of Medellín, Colombia, 

a vibrant and complex city tackling social problems head on with transportation, architecture and greening of the urban landscape. From drug cartel hovel to urbanist dream, Medellín is a city like no other. Mikael hops on one of the cable cars that have completely transformed the city and quickly learns how this innovation has given new opportunities to a previously violent and isolated neighborhood. He discovers local stories and meets the people behind Medellín’s inspiring transformation. 


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