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    DescriptionHow do we accommodate a growing urban population in a way that is sustainable, equitable, and inviting? This question is becoming increasingly urgent as we face diminishing fossil-fuel resources and the effects of a changing climate while global cities continue to compete to be the most vibrant centres of culture, knowledge, and finance. Jan Gehl has been examining this question since the 1960s, when few urban designers or planners were thinking about designing cities for people. But given the unpredictable, complex and ephemeral nature of life in cities, how can we best design public infrastructure - vital to cities for getting for place to place, or staying in place - for human use? Studying city life and understanding the factors that encourage or discourage use is the key to designing inviting public space. In How to Study Public Life Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre draw from their combined experience of over 50 years to provide a history of public-life study as well as methods and tools necessary to recapture city life as an important planning dimension. This type of systematic study began in earnest in the 1960s, when several researchers and journalists on different continents criticized urban planning for having forgotten life in the city. City life studies provide knowledge about human behaviour in the built environment in an attempt to put it on an equal footing with knowledge about urban elements such as buildings and transport systems. Studies can be used as input in the decision-making process, as part of overall planning, or in designing individual projects such as streets, squares or parks. The original goal is still the goal today: to recapture city life as an important planning dimension. Anyone interested in improving city life will find inspiration, tools, and examples in this invaluable guide.


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    Title
    How to Study Public Life
    Subtitle
    Methods in Urban Design
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jan Gehl, By (author) Birgitte Svarre
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 168
    Width: 216 mm
    Height: 259 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 839 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781610914239
    ISBN 10: 1610914236
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 20
    BIC subject category V2: AMVD, RPC
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Theme: DEMO/URBAN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ARC010000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL002000
    DC22: 307.1216, 307.1/216
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 711
    LC classification: HT166 .G43713 2013
    Ingram Theme: INDS/URBSTD
    Thema V1.0: AMVD, RPC
    Illustrations note
    four-colour throughout: 30 figures, 5 tables, 80 photographs
    Publisher
    Island Press
    Imprint name
    Island Press
    Publication date
    25 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Washington
    Author Information
    Jan Gehl is a founding partner of Gehl Architects - Urban Quality Consultants. He is the author of Life Between Buildings and Cities for People. He has received numerous awards for his work and is widely credited with creating and renewing urban spaces in cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Melbourne, New York City, London, and many others. Birgitte Bundesen Svarre holds an MA in modern culture from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD from the School of Architecture in Copenhagen. She is part of Gehl Institute, the division at Gehl Architects that works with research and communication of knowledge at workshops for city planners, politicians and others with interest in life in the cities - as well as suburbs, a topic she has specialised in. She is a guest lecturer at various universities.
    Review quote
    "For decades, the public space, public life studies developed by Jan Gehl and his team have been a great inspiration for professionals, academics and city planners in all parts of the world. Now their secret tools are available to everyone in "How to Study Public Life." It is just a matter now of getting out there and putting them to use."--Peter Newman "Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University, Australia "