Jan Gehl in Melbourne on People, Places and Liveable Cities
Posted: 10th February 2017
Jan Gehl believes ‘A good city is like a good party. People stay longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves.’
The hugely influential urbanist, architect and humanist was in Melbourne and I was lucky enough to be in the audience.
I am so engaged by his talk that I don’t bother trying to update social media with any of his insights. So here’s a selection of #melbconvo #jangehl tweets from the night to give you a flavour of his stories of a life of making our cities happier and more liveable.
People once said cycling couldn’t take off in Copenhagen. Then they decided to plan to make it happen. #melbconvo #jangehl: Brasilia syndrome – cities great from above (in a ✈) , shit on the ground at the ‘people scale’ #melbconvo “If we invite more cars, we have more traffic” #melbconvo#JanGehl “Modernism killed the people scale” #melbconvo#jangehl Now that’s how to stop people parking in #bike lanes – #melbconvo #jangehl “Making citieswhere people meet and talk is good for democracy” #jangehl#melbconvo “The miracle of moscow” An example of commitment results. If you want you can 💪#melbconvo#jangehl 25% of all housing in developments in Copenhagen must be affordable #melbconvo#jangehl Cafes, hotels and amusement parks know how to design spaces for ppl #Jangehl#melbconvo Like many places, Melbourne has grown a many “lycra” cycling interest groups, a good thing! They can coexist with urban cyclists #melbconvo Jan Gehl talking Danes promenading like Italians, after they removed cars from city streets 😂😂 #greatspeaker#design#janghel#melbconvo #jangehl: in the 70s I asked why Melbourne had no sidewalk cafes? ‘oh we could never have that in our climate’ Now look @ melb ☕ #melbconvo