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David Sim Partner Creative Director

Cities for People & Cities by People


David Sim 1971

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We approach our work both as social scientists and designers


Theory into practice


Gehl makes cities for people

København

San Francisco

New York


Around 80 employees and 3 offices in Copenhagen, San Francisco & New York



Pragmatic Idealists


Gehl is an urban design practice focused on 'Making Cities for People’

Gehl — Making Cities for People

Masterplanning Frameworks


We work globally with the challenges cities face


Top 5 urban challenges The five most significant general challenges facing your city today

Transport

Employmen t

Population Growth

Governanc e

Finance

All of which share the same denominator:

People

Source; LSE Cities ‘Going Green Report 2012’. Cities surveyed all over the world on what their top 3 challenges are


We advise ...

Foundations

Mayors & City administrators

Int. Org. UN, WHO, IADB etc.

NGOs

Private Companies

Developers

‌ on strategies to reach their goals while improving quality of life for people


strategic team


Transforming public space in New York

Times Square - before


Times Square - after


design team


Finding new ways to deliver density



The first new town in side a National Park


New Road Brighton CABE Conference - London March 2008

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First shared-space in the UK

CABE Conference - London March 2008

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cities for people




Better everyday life



cities by people


Taking people on the journey‌












Urban Interventions Mar del Plata, Argentina


GEHL Pop-Up Office in Torre Tanque, Mar del Plata

Cities for peope Task Force Municipality of Mar del Plata


GEHL Pop-Up Office in Torre Tanque, Mar del Plata

Cities for peope Task Force Municipality of Mar del Plata


Car dependent


Low pedestrian priority


Studying people’s behavior and needs


Democratic distribution of space?

Movement along the street

Space given to different user groups



Pilot projects -Improved pedestrian & bicycle amenities -Increased pedestrian & bicycle safety -Better connections with public transport -Dialogue with citizens and merchants


Pilot Project




40% MORE space for people


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parkin g spaces

116

seating places


New activity on the street



Behavior Change after test project • 15% more pedestrians • 50% more activity – half of this is seating on public benches

Gehl



A 90% majority voted to keep and extend the pilots


Evaluation of first stage Quantitative survey: 15% increase in pedestrian numbers 25% increase in stationary activities 40% more space for pedestrians

Opinion poll: 89% thinks the intervention is good/ very good 66% approved interventions + 10% approved with modifications 73% Increased sense of pedestrian safety





Urban Interventions Sao Paolo, Brazil


Praça Ouvidor – Largo São Francisco




Few people spending time - Key findings before

Standing

Secondary seating

2013 BEFORE IMPLEMENTATION

Average activity = 53 Majority is people standing Seating is limited to secondary seating


Not a very inviting square

Ventilation shaft fences and poor maintenance


Jaywalking, parked vehicles and no crossing


Student life is not visible in the public space

Suggested placing of new activity areas, seating and active edges


Largo Sรฃo Francisco and Praรงa Ouvidor e Silva - Today


Largo Sรฃo Francisco and Praรงa Ouvidor e Silva - Vision


Largo Sรฃo Francisco and Praรงa Ouvidor e Silva - Vision, nighttime activity


Crossing the street


Goal: to a well connected place‌.


... and active, vibrant square with both day and evening activity for all


Silva

BEFORE


Opening: chefs served good quality food at an inexpensive price



Reduction in jaywalking and more pedestrians2013 2014

100 Crossing street % unsafe

9%

Crossing street outside of new designated crossing area


Largo São Francisco and Praça Ouvidor e Silva From uninviting corner to active square – Before and after

Existing kiosk becomes part of the new square


everyday activity

Lunch break, rest under the shade - Free Wi-Fi


event activity




Event calendar and public outreach


Social media #praiapaulistana #praiaurbana


Stories, Impact - Memes of Mayor Haddad – SP Beach!

Social media There is excitement about SĂŁo Paulo finally having a beach


On facebook, there are lots of comments comparing the deck with a beach. #praiapaulistana #praiaurbana #spbeach


CENTRO ABERTO

“This playground was a good surprise for us. We had some doubts before implementing it. But in the first day - a Saturday - since the first kid discovered the new playground it has been packed�





Human scale?


In search of Human scale?













High Density doesn’t have to mean High Rise




Completing the heart of Lille

St. Sauveur — In 2013, Gehl together with an extensive local team of technical experts, won the international competition to lead the development and transformation of a former goods station in central Lille ‌


Vision The 57-acre A real piece of sitecityisin terms to of fabric and become a urban life new neighborhood of 5,000 inhabitants, and a city district with work places, shops, education,






Planning with the needs of people in mind

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The apartment Quality housing

M

The building Knowing your neighbor

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The block A shared community

XL

The quarter A lively neighborhood


Linking to the surrounding s

Creating a destination park - Le Parc de la VallĂŠe

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A public space network for everyday life

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Flexibility to add future destination


A resilient neighborhood


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Creating a beating heart in the developmen t

Keeping the existing train hall for coworking + manufacturi ng


A development defined by it’s public spaces


The people’s choice