On 2.06.14, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre about their latest book "How to Study Public Life", published by Island Press, (October 15, 2013)and reviewed in this issue of e-Oculus. Listen to the interview, which took place just before the Oculus Book Talk on 2.06.14.
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Power, Heart, Imagination: new model regeneration Bristol fashion
Podcast of panel discussion: Tuesday 22nd January 2013
Speakers include: Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, world renowned architects Jan Gehl from Copenhagen and David Mackay from Barcelona, award winning ethical developer Chris Brown from Igloo; hosted by the Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Forum with the Architecture Centre.
New York has the High Line, Madrid has the Rio Project and London has Exhibition Road. Where is Bristol’s standout piece of new civic space?
In an often-overlooked part of Bristol’s city centre, there lie acres of under-used tarmac, a neighbourhood sliced in half by an outmoded highway, and a chance for creating a different kind of development.
Redcliffe Way is currently a bypass to nowhere, the missing link between the ingenuity of Brunel’s Temple Meads Station and the delight of the floating harbour.
This event brings together leading urbanists to explore what Bristol can learn from other places, what can Bristol forge for itself, and map out new approaches to regeneration and city development.
This event was generously supported by Design Council CABE and forms part of the Re-claiming and Re-making Redcliffe Way, Design Your Neighbourhood project currently being delivered by the Architecture Centre.
For more information visit: http://www.architecturecentre.co.uk/events_Power-Heart-Imagination-new-model-regeneration-Bristol-fashion
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In an important paradigm shift around 1960, urban planning was undertaken at a very large scale in response to the challenges of rapidly growing cities. At the same time, traffic planning began to dominate planning at eye level, to address the rapid influx of cars into cities. The concern for the people using cities that had been maintained over centuries of tradition and experience was completely left behind. The idea of "cities for people" was overlooked and forgotten.
In his lecture, Jan Gehl will summarize this history, which is laid out in his book Cities for People (Island Press, 2010), and go on to explain why looking after people is crucial for the quality of cities in the 21st century; how it can be accomplished; and how it is actually done now in many projects and cities. He will show how, after decades of neglect, "cities for people" is once again a central theme in architecture, urban design, and city planning; and how the transformations carried out by Gehl Architects in Copenhagen, Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Moscow, and other cities exemplify this new people oriented direction in planning.
Jan Gehl began his practice in the early 1960s with a period of research on public space, supported by a grant from his university, which resulted in the book Life Between Buildings (1971). Focusing on the spaces between buildings, he developed an approach to urban design and planning, based on observation of life in public spaces, in particular the assessment and measurement of usage patterns and quality of life.
Gehl is founder and senior advisor of the urban design consultancy Gehl Architects, with expertise in architecture, urban design, and city planning. With members who have backgrounds in architecture, urban design, sociology, anthropology, and cultural theory, the firm has made a name for itself with a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to urban planning that entails not only the application of urban design theory and ideology but also the use of data and analytical strategy. It has undertaken major improvement projects for cities, including Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Riga, Edinburgh, Perth (WA), Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Amman, Oman, Cape Town, London, New York and Moscow.
Parallel to his firm’s work, Jan Gehl has authored and coauthored various publications—including New City Life (2006), Cities for People (2010), and How to Study Public Life (2013)—in which he has further developed and shared his techniques of observation and analysis. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen where, in 1998, he founded the Center for Public Space Research; he has also taught at universities in Edinburgh, Vilnius, Oslo, Toronto, Calgary, Melbourne, Perth, Berkeley, San José, Guadalajara, and Capetown.
Among many honors, Gehl has been awarded the International Union of Architects' Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize for Exemplary Contributions to Town Planning, as well as honorary doctoral degrees from Universities in Edinburgh and Toronto. He is an honorary fellow of architectural institutes in Denmark, England (RIBA), USA, Canada, and Scotland, as well as the planning Institutes in Australia and Ireland. His work has been the subject of exhibitions at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2012) and the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
“First life, then spaces, then buildings – the other way around never works.” ~Jan Gehl
We joined the Academy of Urbanism’s 2017 Congress to report from Denmark’s second city of Aarhus, on everything from its waterfront development to participatory urbanism and lessons for other cities. Plus: a special interview with Jan Gehl.
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For the past 50 years, urban planners have gone out of their way to build grandiose cities, with large open spaces to accommodate traffic and awe-inspiring views to impress the inhabitants.
Inadvertently, these cities that look inspiring from the window of an airplane or a car, offer very little to the pedestrian. Public spaces become uninviting and uninspiring, discouraging people from physical activities or from merely enjoying their surroundings.
With obesity and other lifestyle-associated problems on the rise, it is more important than ever to build cities for people. Cities that move at 5km/h.
Dubbed “the last living worldwide renowned guru in urbanism” legendary architect Jan Gehl has been rebuilding cities to accommodate the needs of modern societies throughout half a century. He has been involved in rebuilding most large cities imaginable, from Sao Paolo to New York, to Copenhagen, to Moscow, to Singapore.
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“We now know that first, we form the cities, but then the cities form us.” Meet the 81-year-old Danish architect Jan Gehl, who for more than fifty years has focused on improving the quality of urban life by helping people “re-conquer the city.”
Gehl has studied the relationship between life and form since the mid-1960s when he started questioning the modernist approach of looking at the architectural model from above instead of from the inside. The architecture of then was very often “an obsession with architecture for architecture’s sake” and took very little interest in the inhabitants. This made Gehl realize that “there was a fantastic gap between what the social scientists were doing and what the architecture and planning professions were doing.” Instead of looking at architecture as a form – which made it more like a sculpture – one had to look at all the components: “Architecture is the interplay between form and life. And only if life and form interact in a successful way, this will be good architecture.”
“We know that architecture and city-planning has an enormous influence on the patterns of life.” Gehl finds that the architecture of the last 12-15 years has changed for the better globally, and that there is much more focus on letting people move around without cars. By doing this, one also avoids the so-called “sitting syndrome”: For many years, people were invited to sit down, but now, architects must invite them to get up, to walk and to bike. In connection to this, he believes that when you make a successful city, you have to keep in mind the “human scale.” This is evident in e.g. Venice, where the streets are made for walking rather than driving: “Small dimensions actually work as long as we are moving on our feet, and moving with the speed we’re made for.” Moreover, including the young and the old is the ultimate seal of approval: “If you see a city with many children and many old people using the city, the public spaces, then it’s a sign that there’s a good quality for people in that particular city.”
Jan Gehl (b.1936) is a Danish architect and urban design consultant, who has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and the cyclist – Copenhagen’s car-free zone Strøget, one of the longest pedestrian shopping areas in Europe, is primarily the result of Gehl’s work. In 1971 Gehl published his influential book ‘Life Between Buildings’. In 2007-8, he was hired by New York City’s Department of Transportation to re-imagine New York City streets by introducing designs to improve life for pedestrians and cyclists. Among several prestigious awards, he is the recipient of the Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize (1993), the EDRA Award (1998), the 2009 NYC Award and the Prince Eugen Medal (2011) for outstanding artistic achievement in architecture (Denmark). Gehl is a founding partner of Gehl Architects. For more see: http://gehlpeople.com/story/
Jan Gehl was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at ‘Gehl – Copenhagen’ in Denmark in March 2017.
Camera: Jakob Solbakken
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2017
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