THE HUMAN SCALE
a film by Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Runtime: 77 mins
50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it will be 80%. Cities have become the primary human habitat. According to revolutionary Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, if we are to make cities sustainable and livable for people we must re-imagine the very foundations of modern urban planning. Rather than examining buildings and urban structures themselves, Gehl and his team meticulously studies the in between spaces of urban life. To the places where people meet, interact, live, and behave.
How do the spaces that surround us enhance or disturb our interactions with others? How can we make our streets more accessible by foot or bike? Through his world acclaimed work, Gehl has been leading a revolution in urban planning that has been transforming cities worldwide. From the expanded pedestrian spaces in New York's Union Square, to Copenhagen's famed bike lanes, to the rebuilding of earthquake devastated Christchurch New Zealand, Gehl's team bring real solutions that promise a more humanistic dimension to cities where people are not displaced by congested streets, skyscrapers, and the car-centric urbanism of the 1960s and ’70s.
Stunningly photographed, Director Andreas Dalsgaard’s film travels around the world to explore how Gehl and other like minded designers, city planners, and urban activists have begun to transform such cities as diverse as New York, Beijing, Christchurch, and London.
Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Signe Byrge Sørensen
"Makes an excellent case for designing cities around people instead of automobiles."
Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Andreas M. Dalsgaard’s excellent urban-planning documentary should enthuse pedestrians, bike riders and public-space proponents everywhere.
Ronnie Scheib, Variety
Four Stars! 'The Human Scale' is a well designed, smartly shot and freshly intelligent look at the wide world of urban planning. Daniel Walber, Nonfics
Beautifully lensed, with a smart selection of test case cities under consideration, Dalsgaard’s film is a compelling think piece."
Basil Tsiokos, whatnottodoc
"... 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."
David DeWitt, New York Times
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