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Cities for People

Cities for People [Kindle Edition]

Jan Gehl , Lord Richard Rogers
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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'This book elaborates on many of Gehl's seminal ideas, examines some of the world's cities that have successfully improved over the last few decades, and states the challenges for the future. Many generations will lead happier lives and cities will be more competitive if their leaders heed his advice.' --Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogota , Colombia

'Jan Gehl is our greatest observer of urban quality and an indispensable philosopher of cities as solutions to the environmental and health crises that we face. With over half the world s population now in urban areas, the entire planet needs to learn the lessons he offers in Cities for People.' --Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation

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For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use—or could use—the spaces where they live and work. In this revolutionary book, Gehl presents his latest work creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He clearly explains the methods and tools he uses to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into the landscapes he believes they should be: cities for people.

Taking into account changing demographics and changing lifestyles, Gehl emphasizes four human issues that he sees as essential to successful city planning. He explains how to develop cities that are Lively, Safe, Sustainable, and Healthy. Focusing on these issues leads Gehl to think of even the largest city on a very small scale. For Gehl, the urban landscape must be considered through the five human senses and experienced at the speed of walking rather than at the speed of riding in a car or bus or train. This small-scale view, he argues, is too frequently neglected in contemporary projects.
In a final chapter, Gehl makes a plea for city planning on a human scale in the fast- growing cities of developing countries. A “Toolbox,” presenting key principles, overviews of methods, and keyword lists, concludes the book.
The book is extensively illustrated with over 700 photos and drawings of examples from Gehl’s work around the globe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12454 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press (5 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BTX2L9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for Everyone Everywhere 20 Sep 2011
By Doug
This is a book that all Architects, Town Planners and Urban Designers should read at regular intervals. It looks at our towns and cities in terms of what makes them enjoyable places in which to live and how this can be facilitated. Gehl is one of the most influential urban thinkers and practioners of our time - more power to his elbow!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic text in modern urbanism 2 Jun 2014
By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Jan Gehl, cities for people on Kindle

If you have any interest at all in cities and urbanism, then you will probably have heard of Jan Gehl and the Copenhagen-ization of cities to make them more pedestrian and cyclist friendly. This is a reasonably accessible book that takes you to a world where the car is completely irrelevant and it is pedestrians, cyclists and street life that are paramount. In many ways the book is a continuation of the themes of The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. Alternatively it is the updated technical annex to Jacobs, it has more facts and figures, and more theory and method, but it is also less readable. If you have not read Jacobs, then you should definitely read her before this.

I am a bit stuck for a marking, when I bought this it was under a fiver for the Kindle version and at that price a clear five stars.

I’ve just read it on my basic Kindle and it is a very compromised version that you get on Kindle, the illustrations and diagrams are there, but not particularly legible, or inspiring. The text is all there, albeit with quite a few typos. The Kindle price has recently edged up to closer to twenty pounds, and at that price for a Kindle version I would instead recommend buying a physical copy, or perhaps The City Reader by Richard T. LeGates and Frederic Stout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, thank you 11 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
very important book although not the best writing or maybe not the best translation??

nevertheless the information given in the book is very useful and extremely interesting
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