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.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Film: Human Scale, featuring Jan Gehl

From email:

The IDB Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative and the IDB Cultural Center in the Office of External Relations present:

The Human Scale - Bringing Cities to Life
2012 - 83 mins - Denmark - Color - English - Written and Directed by Andreas M. Dalsgaard)

Wednesday December 11, 2013 
6:30 p.m.
Inter American Development Bank
Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium
1330 New York Avenue, Washington DC

According to revolutionary Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, if we are to make cities sustainable we must re-imagine the very foundations of urban planning. Gehl and his team meticulously study the in-between spaces of urban life, the places where people meet, interact, live, and behave. How do the spaces that surround us enhance or disturb our interactions with others?

Introduced by Jeff Risom, Partner, Gehl Architects, Copenhagen. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on cities designed for people.


In the interim, we can read Gehl's book Cities for People published by Island Press.


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