The Human Scale

The Bigger Picture
Director: Andreas Dalsgaard | Countries of production: Bangladesh, China, Denmark, New Zealand, United States | Year: 2013 | Length: 77 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF13

How would our cities look if they were designed cities people instead of automobiles?

Based on the work of famed architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, The Human Scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we work to transform our urban environments from traffic-congested streets and cold urban landscapes into havens for people and real human interaction.

From Copenhagen’s famed bike lanes, to the rebuilding of earthquake devastated Christchurch New Zealand, Gehl’s architecture team have brought real solutions that promise to bring a humanistic dimension to cities, replacing the congested streets, skyscrapers, and the car-centric urbanism of the 1960s and ’70s, with a new people-centred approach.

Andreas Dalsgaard’s stunningly photographed film travels around the world to explore how Gehl’s vision of a human megacity – intimate, lively, safe, sustainable and healthy – is being implemented in cities around the world.

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