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