Friday, September 14, 2007

Audio of the week: Jan Ghel on Creating Pedestrian Cities

I just listened to this superb podcast (MP3) about creating cities that people can really live in. Opening up public space into a place for meeting rather than just moving is the basic aim. Very interesting thinking, reminds me of something Amory Lovins said about transport being nessicary only because of bad design...why isnt the thing you want near you? Jan paints such a positive picture of what a city can be that you start to question this whole idea of transport...where exactly are you going; its so nice here!

World-leading Danish Architect Professor Jan Gehl will talk about transforming cities into people friendly spaces at a free City of Sydney City Talk on Tuesday 11 September 6.30 pm at Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay.

Prof Gehl has conducted Public Spaces and Public Life surveys in cities like London, Copenhagen, Wellington and Stockholm in a bid to redistribute the balance between cars and people.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said Prof Gehl is currently finalising a Public Life and Spaces Study for Sydney which is expected to be complete by December as part of the City's Sustainable Sydney 2030 plans.

Via the City Talks podcast.

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