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How to Study Public Life : Methods in Urban Design - Jan Gehl

How to Study Public Life

Methods in Urban Design

Hardcover Published: 25th November 2013
ISBN: 9781610914239
Number Of Pages: 168

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How do we accommodate a growing urban population in a way that is sustainable, equitable, and inviting? This question is becoming increasingly urgent to answer as we face diminishing fossil-fuel resources and the effects of a changing climate while global cities continue to compete to be the most vibrant centers of culture, knowledge, and finance.

Jan Gehl has been examining this question since the 1960s, when few urban designers or planners were thinking about designing cities for people. But given the unpredictable, complex and ephemeral nature of life in cities, how can we best design public infrastructure-vital to cities for getting from place to place, or staying in place-for human use? Studying city life and understanding the factors that encourage or discourage use is the key to designing inviting public space.

In How to Study Public Life Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre draw from their combined experience of over 50 years to provide a history of public-life study as well as methods and tools necessary to recapture city life as an important planning dimension.

This type of systematic study began in earnest in the 1960s, when several researchers and journalists on different continents criticized urban planning for having forgotten life in the city. City life studies provide knowledge about human behavior in the built environment in an attempt to put it on an equal footing with knowledge about urban elements such as buildings and transport systems. Studies can be used as input in the decision-making process, as part of overall planning, or in designing individual projects such as streets, squares or parks. The original goal is still the goal today: to recapture city life as an important planning dimension. Anyone interested in improving city life will find inspiration, tools, and examples in this invaluable guide.

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"For decades, the public space, public life studies developed by Jan Gehl and his team have been a great inspiration for professionals, academics and city planners in all parts of the world. Now their secret tools are available to everyone in "How to Study Public Life." It is just a matter now of getting out there and putting them to use."--Peter Newman "Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University, Australia "

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ISBN: 9781610914239
ISBN-10: 1610914236
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 25th November 2013
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 21.7  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.84

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