The Health of the City: First we shape our cities, then our cities shape us. Bucharest is no exception.
VIDEO FROM THE DEBATE
The way we build our cities is crucial for our well-being. We know that modern urban life comes with heavy side-effects. When 50% of the world’s population live in urban areas and when specialists predict an increase of that figure up to 80% by 2050, something needs to be done about the planning of our future urban environments.
Gehl Architects is an urban research and design consultancy based in Copenhagen. Their main focus is on the relationship between the built environment and people’s quality of life, and on how a 'people first' approach can improve different places from all over the world. Starting with the documentation of Sienna in the mid-1960s, architect Jan Gehl has studied for forty years how the built environment can create social interaction. As part of his interest in a more humanistic design and in what his team call 'the good life', Gehl has always emphasized the importance of systematic observation of daily urban life in view of a better urban planning.
Andreas Dalsgaard’s film follows the work of Gehl Architects in a number of locations, from China to Australia, India, New Zealand and the US. A number of issues emerge, all under the wider theme of the transformative effect that our living environment has on our well-being: the need to redefine public space to allow for things to happen organically, the importance of human interaction in public spaces, the potential carried by pedestrianized areas for allowing more vitality and spontaneity into our cities. The perfectly calibrated camera-work celebrates this approach, according to which people are more important than design, by humanizing these large societal issues which concern us all.
12 March, 18:00, Studioul Horia Bernea
17 March, 18:00, Cinema Corso
Premiere as part of "Life Between Buildings", Venice Biennale, Italy, 2012