Presentación Jan Gehl Chile 2018

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Cities for the Future ?

Some confusion here!

Automatic Cars -will solve all the problems we ever had!!!

Drones & Helicopters --will solve the rest of the problems!!!

Smart City

Google search – Future City

Will expensive new technology give the answers here?

Reflexion: Maybe the future has already started? Maybe we already have ideas and examples which could serve as models for the future

Livable Cities for 21st Century



20th Century Problem

The two old Planning Paradigms

1960 -……..


becomes domminating paradigm for Planning

Before: Focus on Spaces

Modernism: Focus on Objects

Downtown, Dubai



People scale completely neglected

Modernism: A Good bye to Concern for People

1960- ‌‌.


becomes domminating paradigm for Planning

Scene 1: A peaceful people city (1905)

Scene 2: The Automobile arrives!!

Scene 3: The car is King

What was known about quality for people by 1960? Virtually nothing

Jane Jacobs *


”The Death and Life of Great American Cities”

Short story of my life


Graduated as Architect

The all time low point of City planning

Making People visible

Arkitekt M.A.A.

Had to go back to Architecture School and study 40 more years


2010 – 2018

37 Languages

After 50 years: A distinct change of Paradigm WANTED: - Lively, Liveable City - Sustainable City - Healthy City

Lively, Liveable City

Sustainable City

A good Public Realm is a crucial factor for good Public Transportation

Healthy City

New Problem: “The sitting Syndrome”

WHO (World Health Organization) Global Action Plan 2008 ” – introduce transport policies that promote active and safe methods of travelling to and from schools and workplaces. Such as walking or cykling- ”

Increasing number of elderly people

Already 20-25% elderly people in our cities

WANTED: - Lively, Liveable City - Sustainable City - Healthy City - Good Cities to be old in

Looking carefully after people in city planning will efficiently adress all 4 issues

In this City everything will be done to invite people to walk and bicycle as much as possible in the course of their daily day doings� CITIES ALL OVER IS DOING THIS NOW

Leading the way towards the Future?


SYDNEY, 2006……

NEW YORK 2007….

On many occasions I will speak about some of the many cities which have been greatly transformed using the ”People first” Methodology -but not today

MOSCOW 2012……

MOSCOW 2013……

NEW YORK, 2007…… (Gehl Architects)


VILNIUS… a good start.

Mayor in Vilnius, Lithuania: “Do not park in my bike lanes”


Moscow 2012

Where car is King

MOSCOW 2012…..…. (Gehl Architects)

Tverskaya Main Street,Moscow December 2011

Tverskaya, Main Street, Moscow

December 2011

July 2013

Newest problem: The Moscow Babyboom

Blame it on Humanistic City Planning

Copenhagen, Denmark (1,5 Mio)1962 – 2018: From traffic place to People Place - 56 years of people first policies!


……and after 1980 Nyhavn - before

Phase 3: 2000 - : Activity Parks / “Playgrounds” (Playing / Sports / Activities)

City of Copenhagen

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Livability Sustainability Health Social Inclusion Democracy

New Strategy 2009 “Best City in the World for People”

�Old� Copenhagen Street: New Copenhagen Street: 4-5 car lanes 2 car lanes Street trees 2 bikelanes 2 sidewalks -and a good median for safe streetcrossings

General improvements for pedestrians and public life throughout the city.

Walk, be safe, enjoy

Priority for pedestrians and bicyclists: Sidewalks and bicycle tracks are taken across all the smaller side streets

Walk, be safe, enjoy

Bicycling in Copenhagen -on a citywide network of bicycle lanes

City of Copenhagen

New Strategy 2011 “Best City in the World for Bicycling”

-an efficient, citywide transportation system

Your bicycle is welcome in the trains & the Metro. In this way a proper alternative transportation system is provided

A bicycle culture have step by step been developed Everybody bikes

The Danish Crown Princess is doing it too

Oct 2011: New Danish Government arriving on bicycles at the Palace to be commissioned by the Queen. No Limousines no more?

“Bicycling without age” (Wind in your hair is a human right)

Major complaint : Serious congestions -on the bicycle lanes

Many new bridges -

-provide short cuts for cyclists

An impressive culture of using bicycles has gradually evolved

Commuting in Copenhagen 2017: 41% use bicycle

Lesson from Copenhagen:

Given good invitations you will have much more walking, public life and bicycling WELCOME TO THE 21st CENTURY

Cities for the Future!

What not to do:



Modernism + Motorism

Prof. Peter Newman Curtin University Perth, Australia TED-Talk 2014 ”Are we winning?”

Some really good news:

Copenhagen :Busiest location has 40,700 bicyclists per day

Credit: City of Copenhagen

What to do? Why not try the

Copenhagen Model

Putting People First

Putting People First in City Planning relates directly back to who we are and what we are made for: A slow, linear, horizontal, max 5 km/h walking creature – with a great interest in OTHER PEOPLE.

Putting people first in city planning *Is the simplest and cheapest you can do *It is for cities in ALL PARTS of the World

Just sitting there watching –for 40 years !

Washington Park, New York

Triumph Square, Moscow

Smart City