The Human Scale

The Human Scale

Andreas Møl Dalsgaard



77 min.

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.


CPH:DOX 2012
DocPoint 2013
Hot Docs 2013
DOXA 2013

Presented by:


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


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Additional info
2014 10 27
(Didžioji salė), Vilnius
Discussion after the screening
2014 10 29
Skalvija, Vilnius
2014 11 09
M. Žilinsko dailės galerija

(Nepriklausomybės a. 12, Kaunas)

, Kaunas

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