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Relocalization: “A Big Word for Getting Small”

This video is an excerpt from the comedy documentary “How to Boil a Frog”. With 3D animation, it shows how 2 city blocks can be transformed into a resilient, people-friendly post-oil neighborhood conducive to community, music and local food.

See it here. 

  1. dwoollcombe

    1) Does it help
    people understand that we can “get there from here”? Not at all – it is alienatingly artificial – celebrating a European-style vision of a village over the kind of City Block architecture that many of us rather like about New York and other parts of the US. 2/10

    2) Does it offer
    a holistic vision?  Yes – but it is dopey! The sailing ship coming in at the end is plain silly. 2/10

    3) Does it help
    create an emotional as well as intellectual understanding of sustainable
    development? Yes – but not very compellingly. 3/10

  2. The video was interesting but not as easy to watch and not super interesting. The ideas are there but the way to go about them and make them work were not. Not what we feel FWW is looking for. 3/10

  3. As there was no real story or explanation of why the city was redesigned the way it was, I don’t feel any connection to this vision.  There might be high tech ideas, but it all seems very arbitrary.  Impact is 4 out of 10.

  4. Vanessa Timmer

    This animation is strong because of how it shows the transition from a typical urban environment to a more village type atmosphere within a neighbourhood.  It contains elements which are not present in the other animations such as the return of biodiversity (wetlands), the deconstruction of buildings to make space for green space, underground infrastructure such as heat and water exchange piping, urban gardening, and changes in long-range travel.  I personally thought the train, sailboat and zeppelin was a great and well-needed addition to show how the village is connected to trade and transport.  The personal story is missing.  It is certainly holistic.
    9/10

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