Cities for People

Gehl, Jan (Book - 2010)
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Authors: Gehl, Jan, 1936-
Title: Cities for people
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, c2010
Characteristics: xi, 269 p. :,col. ill., maps ;,27 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jan Gehl
Contents: The human dimension
Sense and scale
The lively, safe, sustainable and healthy city
The city at eye level
Life, space, buildings
in that order
Developing cities
ISBN: 1597265748
Branch Call Number: 307.1216 G311c 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Public health Quality of life Architecture Human factors Open spaces Public spaces City planning Environmental aspects City and town life Cities and towns Social aspects City planning Social aspects
Topical Term: Public health
Quality of life
Open spaces
Public spaces
City planning
City and town life
Cities and towns
City planning
LCCN: 2010015763
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For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urbanenvironments around the world based on his research into the wayspeople actually use - or could use - the spaces where theylive and work. In this revolutionary book, Gehl presents his latestwork creating (or recreating) cityscapes on... Read More »

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Begin with Chapter 7: Toolbox. The stage has been set, especially with the final section of the previous chapter on The Human Dimension. Then read the book, read it together with this author's film The Human Scale. Now imagine Edmonton and Calgary moving in a better direction!


For more a more detailed discussion try Heggemann & Peets, "The New American Vitruvius" (c1927)

Jul 10, 2013
  • mclarjh rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Lots of photos and case studies, but too many platitudes and generalities, and not enough discussion of light, sound or noise.


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