Jan Gehl

January 26, 2016, 12pm PST
Here's a project to watch: an influential group of contractors has been hired for a complete streets makeover for King Street in Toronto.
Toronto Star
August 20, 2015, 12pm PDT
Danish Architect Jan Gehl talks about the intersections of architecture and social science.
Metropolis
February 17, 2015, 12pm PST
How can we redirect our city building into a form that can handle the expected doubling of urban residents over the next 40 years? Great ideas can be found in this collection of soundbites from the film, "The Human Scale."
PlaceShakers
December 12, 2014, 2pm PST
The Guardian ran a long feature examining the life and work of Jan Gehl, well known to planners as the urban "rethinker" behind the movement to design cities and places to the human scale.
The Guardian
October 8, 2014, 10am PDT
Instead of density for density's sake (or for smart growth's sake), F. Kaid Benfield argues that the human scale is the key to walkable smart growth.
Huffington Post
September 25, 2013, 10am PDT
A new report by Danish firm Gehl Architects presents recommendations for transforming car-cluttered Moscow. A compact city center along with a strong desire for change are potential building blocks for a human-friendly and sustainable city.
Cities for People
August 18, 2013, 5am PDT
Famed Danish architect Jan Gehl shared his thoughts this week about people-friendly cities, and why we have no option but to build them.
Future Cities
June 24, 2013, 1pm PDT
Danish architect Jan Gehl and a steadfast group of local collaborators have transformed Melbourne from a lifeless 9-5 city into a preeminently livable place. Mitra Anderson-Oliver looks at the principles that have guided their work.
Assemble
July 16, 2012, 9am PDT
<em>The Economist</em> looks at the improvements made to London's public spaces over the last decade, as the city's first elected mayors strove to improve the capital city's environs. So why has the city failed to keep up with its global competitors?
The Economist
May 11, 2012, 2pm PDT
Last week's record setting premiere of the Avengers movie franchise inspired the launch of a planning and design themed legion of superheroes on Twitter. Sommer Mathis interviews the urbanist behind the mask.
The Atlantic Cities
October 24, 2011, 11am PDT
Famed urbanist Jan Gehl looks back at the writing and thought on how people use the urban environment -- including his own -- over the past 40 years.
Life & Urbanism
June 15, 2011, 9am PDT
Want to prevent crime and keep people safe in traffic? Jan Gehl says the solution is to mix up pedestrians, bikes and cars into "shared spaces."
Streetsblog
April 15, 2011, 9am PDT
Jan Gehl talks about the problematic history of architecture, landscape architecture and yes, planning, when it comes to building cities for people rather than celebrating form for its own sake.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
September 26, 2010, 1pm PDT
Jan Gehl sits down with Greg Linsday to talk about his new book, <em>Cities for People</em>, if Phoenix could take lessons from New York, and "the needs of the urban habitat of homo sapiens."
Fast Company
September 20, 2010, 8am PDT
The man behind the plan? Danish urbanist Jan Gehl has been quietly working behind the scenes on New York's transformation to pedestrian paradise.
Capital New York
Blog post
July 25, 2010, 3pm PDT

Few children’s books skillfully cover the subject of urban planning. Chicago's Wacker Manual for the Plan of Chicago (1911), David Macaulay’s lavishly illustrated City:A Story of Roman Planning and Construction (1974), and most recently, Planetizen's Where Things Are, From Near to Far (2008) are standouts.

 

Mike Lydon
June 28, 2010, 1pm PDT
Kaid Benfield introduces Jan Gehl and Walter Hook's principals to promote "environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation worldwide."
Sustainable Cities Colletive
July 13, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A portion of New York City's most storied thoroughfare is being transformed with a physically protected bicycle lane and added space for pedestrians, cafe tables and benches.</p>
The New York Times
March 27, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A major plan to improve Sydney's walkability, urban design and public transit system have been applauded throughout the city. The only problem is figuring out how to pay for it.</p>
The Sydney Morning Herald