The Human Scale

50 % of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

We shape our cities then our cities shape us
We need to understand how a change in our physical landscape changes us.
The consumption of gas and real estate is the main generator of growth worldwide.
Big modern cities are successful growth engines.
If we make more roads we will have more traffic
If we have more space for people we will have more community life
If we have spaces where most of us feel invited we have more probability of meeting across different layers of society and different lifestyles
We measure what we care about
We need to determine what we care about.
We need to give planners new quantitative tools for measuring what we care about
We need to observe our streets and spaces and how people are using them
We need to learn how to do more with less.
We need to start to address how we make people happy
We need to learn how to make our cities financially viable
We need to look at cities very carefully and understand how they work
We need to share our ideas to find out what ideas we have in common
The things we want as people are really very common
Life comes when we begin to let people contribute
We can invite people to contribute to creating a better way to live life
from The Human Scale – Film

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