For more than 40 years, the architect and city planner Jan Gehl has been involved in redesigning or creating new designs for squares, streets, even entire city districts, for the benefit of the residents. He bases himself on insights that he has gained through many years of studying city situations in various countries. The most important principle behind Jan Gehl’s urban planning on a human scale is that the urban space has to be experienced at the speed of a pedestrian, instead of from a vehicle.
In his book Life between buildings, the Danish architect Jan Gehl, who is among the world’s most prominent urban planners, elucidates the fundamental importance of intelligent spatial planning to successful communal coexistence in our cities. The book—which was published for the first time in the original Danish over 40 years ago and has since been translated into more than 50 languages—has lost none of its relevance. Instead, it continues to offer us suggestions for critically improving the quality of life in our world that, while they are surprising, also cut to the heart of the issue.
The book presents Jan Gehl’s work in the area of new buildings, as well as the redesign of urban spaces and streets. Presentations of his planning models through text and images, as well as of his planning principles and methods, illuminate how vibrant, safe, sustainable, and healthy cities can be created in future.
This is the first time that these two classics of urban planning literature have appeared in digital form and as a bundle.