Cities for People

Cities for People

For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use—or could use—the spaces where they live and work. In this revolutionary book, Gehl presents his latest work creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He clearly explains the methods and tools he uses to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into the landscapes he believes they should be: cities for people.

Taking into account changing demographics and changing lifestyles, Gehl explains how to develop cities that are lively, safe, sustainable, and healthy.

The book is extensively illustrated with over 700 photos and drawings of examples from Gehl’s work around the globe.

Title:Cities for People
Edition Language:English
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    Cities for People Reviews

  • Clint Kuipers

    I write this review from the perspective of a lay person. I’m not an architect or an urban planner – I am a real estate agent. So perhaps I’m best described as an interested observer.However, I ...

  • Matthew

    Jan Gehl presents his perspective on how to properly develop cities on a human scale. He gives persuasive evidence for how modern architecture has departed from the essence of livability that had dict...

  • Chin Chin

    This is an amazing book, would definitely recommend to anyone who is into urban studies or design. At first I had doubts, as a planner and designer I've read loads of things in relation to designing f...

  • Elias Rieger

    The book is most interesting when Gehl dives into the specifics such as scale and dimensions. His insights about how physical distances and barriers can affect social life in cities are profound. He s...

  • Reetta

    Couldn't actually finish it. I gave the second star because I agree with many of the values that the writer has (I know, not a very good reason to give the second star). Jan Gehl has really taken on b...

  • Dirk Friesen

    The harshest thing I can say about the book is that it can be summed up well by its title. I guess that means it has a good title. It has lots of helpful graphics that really add to the book. Really, ...

  • Mitchell Mohorovich

    This book covers a wide breadth of urban design and land use concepts, from high level land use and planning in cities, through to the importance of complexity of facades and the number of permeable p...

  • Mats-Laes Nuter

    Essential, easy to read, eye opening....

  • Robin

    Went into this expecting I would already know everything in the book, still took plenty notes. Great illustrations. Could use some more examples from the Netherlands, though....

  • LINDSAY

    This book had a lot of interesting information and I found the pictures quite helpful to illustrate and distinguish points. That said, I found it difficult to read this book because it was so frustrat...