The Human Scale

Bringing Cities to Life

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Official film description...

This film centers on the visionary work of Jan Gehl, a Danish architect and city planner. His work has transformed cold urban environments full of congestion and smog, into havens of pedestrian living for real human interactions over an impressive 40 year career.

Gehl has started a revolution in urban planning that has taken root in cities all over the world. In New York, Times Square has had its pedestrian zone expanded, Copenhagen is the bike-lane capital and Christchurch was totally rebuilt after an earthquake devastated New Zealand. Gehl's team offer real solutions that promise a more humanist approach to cities, where people are not displaced by traffic, skyscrapers and the car-centric urbanism of the 1960's and '70's.

“The Human Scale” presents the unique opportunities granted to city builders and architects and how they design for the sustainably conscious populations of megacities.

Further reviews...

“The talk is not of futuristic utopias, however, but of brick-and-mortar ways to create environments according to the creed of the film’s title. If the result sometimes feels like a sedate lecture, the global journey strongly enlivens the lesson; it’s fascinating how alike and how different cities can be, and more fascinating to imagine what they may become.” – New York Times

Technical information and screening rights...

Director: Andreas Dalsgaard
Screenplay: Andreas Dalsgaard
Production: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Actors: Jan Gehl, Rob Adams, Robert Doyle, Lars Gemzøe
Country: Denmark
Year: 2012
Run Time: 77 minutes
Languages (Audio): English
Languages (Subtitles): German, Danish
World Rights: Autlook Filmsales
Screening rights Germany: NFP
Screening rights Switzerland: Spot on Distribution

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