TUES 25 MAY 2021


Liveable Cities for the 21st Century


Around 1960 the paradigms for city planning were radically changed. Modernism became dominant, focus moved from a city of Spaces to the city of Buildings surrounded by left over space. At about the same time the invasion of motor cars really took off.  In this process the care for the people using cities – looked after for centuries by tradition and experience – was completely left behind. Cities for People became an overlooked and forgotten dimension.  This is the story told by Jan Gehl in his book “Cities for People” which goes on to describe why looking after people is crucial for livability, sustainability and health in the cities of  the 21st century. City transformations and mobility strategies from Denmark, Australia, America and Russia will serve as examples of this new people-oriented direction in city planning.

Jan Gehl PIA (Hon Fellow)

Gehl Institute, Denmark

Jan Gehl is an Architect, Founding Partner of Gehl Architects, and Professor  emeritus of Urban Design,  The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. Over the course of his career, he has published several books, including, “Life Between Buildings”, “Cities for People”, “New City Spaces”, “Public Spaces – Public Life”, “New City Life” and most recently “How to Study Public Life”. As part of Gehl Architects, Jan Gehl has collaborated on projects for the cities of Copenhagen, London, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth New York and Moscow, among others. He is an honorary fellow of the architectural institutes in Denmark, England, Scotland, Ireland, USA and Canada as well as the Planning Institutes of Australia & Ireland. . He has been awarded the ”Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize for exemplary contributions to Town Planning” by The International Union of Architects as well as honorary doctor degrees from Universities in Edinburgh, Varna, Halifax and Toronto.