Directed by Andreas Dalsgaard
83 min | 2013 | Denmark
For 40 years the Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities. His starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings – in what he called Life Between Buildings. What made it exist? When was it destroyed? How could it be brought back? This led to studies of how human beings use the streets, how they walk, see, rest, meet, and interact. Jan Gehl also uses statistics, but the questions he asks are different. For instance: How many people pass this street throughout a 24 hour period? How many are pedestrians? How many drive cars or bikes? How much street space are the various groups allowed to use? Is this street performing well for all its users? Jan Gehl made his first studies in Italy and later he inspired the planning of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. His ideas inspired the creation of walking streets, the building and improvements of bike paths and the reorganization of parks, squares and other public spaces throughout this city. Around the world cities like Melbourne, Dhaka, New York, Chongqing, and Christchurch are now also being inspired by Gehl’s work and by the developments in Copenhagen.
Official Selection: 2013 A Design Film Festival (Singapore), 2013 Hot Docs Film Festival, 2013 Seattle International Film Festival, 2013 Traverse City Film Festival
Presented in partnership with
3form, the LaPorte Group, University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning, Salt Lake Design Week, American Institute of Architects of Utah, American Institute of Architects of Utah Young Architects Forum, American Planning Association of Utah, University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning, Utah Center for Architecture, and the Utah Heritage Foundation