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The Human Scale

Bringing Cities to Life
2012 | 83 min | Recommended min. age: 16 y

This film centers on the visionary work of Jan Gehl, a Danish architect and city planner. His work has transformed cold urban environments full of congestion and smog, into havens of pedestrian living for real human interactions over an impressive 40 year career.

Gehl has started a revolution in urban planning that has taken root in cities all over the world. In New York, Times Square has had its pedestrian zone expanded, Copenhagen is the bike-lane capital and Christchurch was totally rebuilt after an earthquake devastated New Zealand. Gehl’s team offer real solutions that promise a more humanist approach to cities, where people are not displaced by traffic, skyscrapers and the car-centric urbanism of the 1960’s and ’70’s.

“The Human Scale” presents the unique opportunities granted to city builders and architects and how they design for the sustainably conscious populations of megacities.

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