Making cities for people
Jan Gehl is a legendary Danish architect – world famous for his work on urban planning, with a strong focus on public spaces and the life between buildings. He has played a mayor role in transforming and restructuring urban areas all over the world.
In 2000 Jan Gehl founded (together with Helle Søholt) Gehl Architects. The firm has led the way in building cities for people by the process of human-centric observational research.
Jan Gehl is truly a visionary icon. He has set the agenda for a hole new generation of urban thinkers. He radically change the way architects look at cities, the way architects look at architects and the way we all understand cities:
– With him, architects began looking at the space between the buildings, rather than only the buildings.
– With him, architects changed the understanding of being architects to professionals who understand space and enhance urban quality, rather than just build.
– With him, we all learned about living in cities: He allowed us to expect a good quality of life in cities – provided that the urban areas with high density are urban areas of high quality.
What that means is what Jan Gehl has dedicated his life to – tune in to Creativity World Forum 2017 to hear his own story when he gives his answer to the forums city-challenge: How to transform city heritage into a city of opportunity?
Over the course of his career, he has published several books, which has been translated to 35 languages and are being used on architecture schools all over the world. The impressive list of publications includes “Life Between Buildings”, “Cities for People”, “New City Life”, and most recently “People Cities”.
Jan Gehl is an honorary fellow of RIBA, AIA, RAIC, and PIA.