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.
|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|
|Our age recommendation:||16|
|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)|
Interesting documentary on the progress of urbanization worldwide. – kino.de
Encouraging film about the attempt to make a positive contribution to our societal challenges. – kino.de
Absolutely worth seeing. – programmkino.de
The talk is not of futuristic utopias, however, but of brick-and-mortar ways to create environments according to the creed of the film’s title. If the result sometimes feels like a sedate lecture, the global journey strongly enlivens the lesson; it’s fascinating how alike and how different cities can be, and more fascinating to imagine what they may become. – New York Times
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