Newly Launched Gehl Institute to Study Public Spaces

Gehl Studio, the leading name in people-first design and one of the most influential forces in planning today, has philanthropic backing for a non-profit that will focus studies and work on the public sphere.

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May 9, 2015, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"The Gehl Institute officially launched today, with $1.6 million in backing from the Knight Foundation," reports Marielle Mondon. "The Institute, an offshoot of San Francisco-based urban design firm Gehl Studio, will help create public spaces that draw in people and boost economic opportunity of the surrounding area in Knight communities (cities and towns where the foundation…focuses funding)."

"With a focus on fostering equality, the Institute will bring its trademark 'people-first design' to streets, parks, plazas and more. The nonprofit will be a testing ground for how to tailor the Gehl approach to different city settings and encourage broader community participation in planning."

More info about the promise of the Gehl Institute is also available in a Knight Foundation press release announcing the grant.

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