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By Jan Gehl

For greater than 40 years Jan Gehl has helped to rework city environments all over the world according to his study into the methods humans truly use—or may use—the areas the place they stay and paintings. during this innovative ebook, Gehl offers his newest paintings growing (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He truly explains the tools and instruments he makes use of to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into the landscapes he believes they need to be: towns for people.

making an allowance for altering demographics and altering existence, Gehl emphasizes 4 human matters that he sees as necessary to profitable urban making plans. He explains how one can strengthen towns which are energetic, secure, Sustainable, and fit. targeting those matters leads Gehl to consider even the biggest urban on a really small scale. For Gehl, the city panorama needs to be thought of during the 5 human senses and skilled on the pace of strolling instead of on the velocity of using in a automobile or bus or teach. This small-scale view, he argues, is just too usually missed in modern projects.

In a last bankruptcy, Gehl makes a plea for urban making plans on a human scale within the speedy- turning out to be towns of constructing nations. A “Toolbox,” featuring key ideas, overviews of tools, and key-phrase lists, concludes the book.
The ebook is generally illustrated with over seven-hundred pictures and drawings of examples from Gehl’s paintings round the globe.

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Necessary activities — under all conditions A clear core pattern emerges from the great diversity of activities in city space. One simple way to look at them is to put the most important categories on a scale according to their degree of necessity. At one end of the scale are the purposeful necessary activities, that is, activities that people generally have to undertake: going to work or school, waiting for the bus, bringing goods to customers. These activities take place under all conditions.

The existence of these communication ground rules is important in order for people to move securely and comfortably among strangers in public space. at arm’s length Below: a painted line is used to indicate a suitable public distance for tourists near the guardhouse (Royal Castle, Stockholm, Sweden). Right: Respect for personal space is shown in choice of seats (Washington Square Park, New York City). Unlike many other species, man is a “do-not-touch” individual. Intimate distance is the zone for exchanging powerful emotional impressions, a zone where the presence of others is not wanted except by special invitation.

We can think of close- 28 cities for people ness, trust and mutual consideration as the direct opposites of walls, gates and more police presence on the street. the democratic dimension Public interests determine the playing rules in the common space of the city and thus help to ensure people’s opportunities to exchange personal, cultural and political messages. The importance of city space is underlined in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which sets out freedom of speech and the right of assembly for its citizens.

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