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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (30 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159726573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597265737
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 19.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug on 20 Sep 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Jun 2014
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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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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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By sash on 17 Feb 2013
Format: Hardcover
I ordered the book because I study architecture in Novi Sad (Serbia) and my professors often reference to this book, so I wanted to read all of it. It is very helpful and interesting. I didn't regret buying it.
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By Kasia on 2 May 2012
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'Cities for people' is a 'must read' if you are interested in the development of the the city. It is easy to understand and clearly written. If you are and architect, politician or just commonly interested in your surroundings it would be an important book for you.
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