Monday, February 7, 2011

Designing Liveable Cities

Cities for People (44 min video, Creating Tomorrow’s Liveable Cities- Urban Planning in Cold Climates, Economist Conferences, London, UK, Jan. 19, 2011)

Also discussed here: Designing Streets as Public Places in Cold Climates (50 min video, Montreal Urban Ecology Centre, Feb. 16, 2010)

Prof. Gehl leads us around the world pointing out the special features of liveable cities, such as in Lyon (France), Barcelona (Spain), Melbourne (Australia), New York (USA) and Copenhagen (Denmark), where the measure is the use of public space rather than a unique icon or tourist draw, such as Dubai’s tallest hotel in the world or the Sydney Opera House. Liveable cities are “sweet” to cyclists (converting car lanes and parking spaces for bikes), offer car-free pedestrian spaces, are healthy and safe, offer good public transit and make use of river banks with a focus on their enjoyment by the public. They also tend to be pollution-free which is what would catch the eye of those visiting this blog.
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