Article from Embassy of Denmark, London
For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world, including Copenhagen, Melbourne, Sydney and – most recently – New York, with his approach to creating cities for people.
Jan Gehl will discuss why looking after people is crucial for the quality of cities in the 21st century, how this can be accomplished and how this has been achieved in more and more projects and cities.
The lecture will cover the changes in city planning from the 1960s until today, where people – after decades of neglect – have once again been elevated to a main feature in architecture, urban design and urban planning.
In this revolutionary book, Gehl presents his latest work creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He clearly explains the methods and tools he uses to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into the landscapes he believes they should be: cities for people.
Taking into account changing demographics and changing lifestyles, Gehl emphasizes four human issues that he sees as essential to successful city planning. He explains how to develop cities that are lively, safe, sustainable, and healthy. Focusing on these issues leads Gehl to think of even the largest city on a very small scale.
The book is extensively illustrated with over 700 photos and drawings of examples from Gehl’s work around the globe.
Jan Gehl is a founding partner of Gehl Architects – Urban Quality Consultants. He is the author of Life Between Buildings and Public Spaces, Public Life. He has received numerous awards for his work. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Jan Gehl Lecture: Cities for People
NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, January 18th 2011, 6.00-9.00pm
Booking will be available from early January via www.newlondonarchitecture.org
Cities for People
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