Just read @greensourcemag's Q&A with Jan Gehl. Nice thinking on Cities for People

Just read @greensourcemag's Q&A with Jan Gehl. Nice thinking on Cities for People

One can look at city planning on three different scales: 1. The macro scale, which I call the airplane scale, because you're hovering over your model and organizing buildings into nice patterns. 2. The site-planning scale, which I call the helicopter or rooftop scale. 3. And the people scale, or the eye-level scale, which is the most important. While there are a lot of planners and architects looking after the airplane and rooftop scales, the treatment of the people scale has been very distant. It is as if nobody has really addressed making good urban habitats for homo sapiens. There's not been much research done—we probably know more about good habitats for mountain gorillas or Siberian tigers than for humans. Modern planning should be about life, space, and then buildings, in that order. It's an international issue; throughout the world in spite of race, religion, and cu...

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