Free podcast with Jan Gehl lecture
Tuesday 12 March 2013, the renowned Danish architect Jan Gehl gave an inspiring IFHP lecture in Melbourne on why looking after people are crucial for making good cities. The Jan Gehl lecture was recorded and is now available on RMIT’s Talking Design podcast for those who missed out on the lecture.
The lecture was held in the beautiful art deco building Capitol Theatre of RMIT in the heart of Melbourne. The lecture was arranged in association with EAROPH and hosted by RMIT University, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Almost 600 people participated in the sold out Jan Gehl lecture which was part of an IFHP trilogy of Melbourne events also comprising a study tour and a roundtable. All activities took place in the period 12-15 March 2013.
The importance of cities being friendly
Jan Gehl is well known for his focus on creating people-oriented cities. His approach has inspired the planning of a number of cities; among others Melbourne, where the city centre has been transformed from what was once described as an ‘empty doughnut’ to now a lively city centre. The lecture held last week was based on some of the issues in Gehl’s latest book “Cities for People” (2010). Throughout the lecture Jan Gehl described the importance of cities being friendly towards pedestrian and cyclist.
>> The audio recording is available for listening and downloads at itunes
About Professor, Architect Jan Gehl
Founding Partner, Gehl Architects – Urban Quality Consultants
Most important publications:
- Life between Buildings, first published in 1971
- Public Spaces- Public Life (with Lars Gemzøe), 1996
- New Urban Spaces (with Lars Gemzøe), 2001
- Cities for People, 2010