The Human Scale

Bringing Cities to Life

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.

Director(s): Andreas Dalsgaard
Script: Andreas Dalsgaard
Production: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Final Cut for Real
Music: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Actors: Jan Gehl, Rob Adams, Robert Doyle, Lars Gemzøe, Mark Gorton, Iqbal Habib, Dongquan He, Bob Parker, Khondker Neaz Rahman, Janette Sadik-Khan, Jiangyan Wang, Paul Steely White
Year: 2012
Duration: 83 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: Denmark
Shooting Locations: Denmark, China, Italy, United States, Bangladesh, New Zealand
Screening rights: Spot on Distribution (Switzerland) | Autlook Film Sales () | NFP (Germany)

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Main topic(s): Mobility Urbanization + Smart Cities
Secondary topics: urban development
Mentions: cities architecture city planning streets mega cities giga cities urbanization urban development
Topic Page(s): Urbanization + Smart Cities Mobility

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