Has the cities for people outdone itself to death?
Jan Gehl has left an indelible impression on the world and in our consciousness: cities should be built for people. But what served us well in the past doesn’t necessarily work for us today.
For decades, professor and urban planner Jan Gehl has toured the world advocating people-centric urban design.
And it has worked! Cities all over the world have successfully rolled back decades of people-unfriendly urban planning to make way for urban spaces designed for people of all ages, with nooks and benches, harbor baths and bike lanes.
But does that formula still work today?
Cities are seeing people-friendly spaces playing host to drunken revelry – to the considerable inconvenience of local residents and businesses. The popular pedestrian streets have evolved into outdoor shopping malls for tourists with a preference for global chain stores in cities lauded for their livability, but where only the wealthy can afford to live.
We’ve invited Jan Gehl to give a lecture in which he takes a closer look at his formula for people-first cities from today’s perspective. Has the people-first city outdone itself to death? And if so, what can we do about it?
We ask him whether it is even possible to create a people-first city when we no longer need to leave the house to go to work or school? When we do our banking on our smartphone, video-chat with our doctor, and order our groceries online for delivery right to our door? And how is urban life impacted when we would rather ride electric scooters than walk on our own two legs, and when we spend more time looking at our phones than at our children?
5:00 p.m.: Welcome w/ Kent Martinussen
5:10 p.m.: Lecture: Has the cities for people outdone itself to death? w/ Jan Gehl
6:00 p.m.: Moderated discussion w/ Jan Gehl
6:30 p.m.: Networking, bubbles and snacks