Radiant City is an entertaining 2006 Canadian film written and directed by Calgary filmmaker Gary Burns (Kitchen Party, Suburbanator, Way Downtown) and Jim Brown. The film focus on the Moss family, who introduce us to the brand new suburb they have recently settled in. You can watch the whole NFB film here.
“80% of everything ever built in North America has been built in the last 50 years. And most of it is brutal, depressing, ugly, unhealthy and spiritually degrading. The plastic commuter tract home wastelands, the Potemkin village shopping plazas with their vast parking lagoons, the gourmet mansardic junk food joints, the Orwellian office parks featuring buildings sheathed in the same reflective glass as the sunglasses worn by chain gang guards. The whole agoraphobia-inducing toxic brutal spectacle that politicians like to call “growth” …
“Suburbia disaggregates the elements of everyday life so that you have to drive from one to the other.”
Tags: Andrés Duany, Beverly Sandalack, Calgary, Canada, Canadian, car, disaggregation of the elements of everyday life, driving, James Howard Kunstler, Joseph Heath, Marc Boutin, Mark Kingwell, mockumentary, Oakville, Orwellian, Peggy Scott, sprawl, subdevelopment, suburban, suburbs, urban planning