Danish architect Jan Gehl & how the built environment can build social capital or destroy it. htt…

Yesterday, I watched a movie called The Human Scale by Danish director Andreas Dalsgaard chronicling several cities and the way they respond to people. The movie was based on Danish architect Jan Gehl’s principles about people-oriented cities. A cautionary thread in the movie revolved around the rapid urbanization of China and how Chinese cities are dealing with the population boom by building more highways and high-rises. On a hopeful note, the movie also featured cities, like Copenhagen, New York and Melbourne, that are re-orienting their urban planning to accommodate human beings and that have transformed formerly car-oriented spaces into people-oriented spaces. On my last post , I discussed social capital, what it is and why it’s important. Jan Gehl’s work is all about using the built environment to build social capital, because after all, he contends, cities are for p...

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