“The Human Scale” Film Premiere Screening and Panel Discussion including Principal Lee Quill, FAIA, on Cities Designed for People on Dec. 11th, 2013

“The Human Scale” premieres in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 at 6:30 pm.  The screening will be held at the Inter-American Development Bank at 1300 New York Avenue, N.W. and is sponsored by The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the AIA Foundation, and the Downtown BID.

This film, “The Human Scale” written and directed by Andreas M. Dalsgaard is about Gehl Architects, the Danish firm, and its profound research, led by founder and professor Jan Gehl, to analyze human interaction in cities.  Gehl’s starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings- in what he called Life Between Buildings.  This led to studies of how human beings use the streets, how they walk, see, rest, meet, interact, etc.   The film takes a look at the quality of life in Siena, Italy; Melbourne, Australia; and New York, as well as cities like Chongqing, China and Copenhagen, Denmark to create a wide range of case studies.

“50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas.  By 2050 this will increase to 80%.  Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic.  Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life.  But why?  The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years.  He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.” ~The Human Scale

Join us for this film premiere, as well as the panel discussion following the film on cities designed for people featuring Jeff Risom, a partner at Gehl Architects, Harriet Tregoning, Director-DC Office of Planning, the team from the IDB – Emerging & Sustainable Cities Initiative, and Lee Quill, FAIA, Principal of our firm Cunningham|Quill Architects.