Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Jan Gehl lecture, 4/7 at the National Building Museum

I'm told his talk will cover how to make DC more pedestrian friendly.

Danish architect, planner, and author Jan Gehl discusses his work making cities across the U.S. more walkable, bikeable, and sustainable and shares his thoughts on how to make a greener capital city. The Charles H. Atherton Memorial Lecture program commemorates the life and legacy of Charles Atherton, who served for almost four decades as secretary of the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts.

H.E. Ambassador Peter Taksoe-Jensen, The Ambassador of Denmark, will provide the program introduction.

Gehl is probably one of the best people in world in terms of placemaking and sustainable transportation.

See for example:

-- Close Encounters With Buildings, paper from Urban Design International
-- Extract from Life Between Buildings
-- Cities for People, published by Island Press



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