Andreas Møl Dalsgaard
For 40 years the Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities. His starting point was 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 lead to studies of how human beings use the streets, how they walk, see, rest, meet, interact etc. 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? What percent of those are pedestrians? How many drive cars of bikes? How much of the street space are various groups allowed to use? Jan Gehl made his first studies in Italy and later he inspired the planning of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, for 40 years. 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 and in many other cities in the Nordic region. 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.
The Human Scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our equations.
Hot Docs 2013
Director: Andreas Møl Dalsgaard
Cinematography: Heikki Färm, Adam Philp, René Strandbygaard, Casper Høyberg
Editing: Søren B. Ebbe, Nicolas Servide Staffolani
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen / Final Cut for Real ApS
(Nepriklausomybės a. 12, Kaunas), Kaunas