Architect and urban planner Jan Gehl helped make Copenhagen one of the most walkable cities in the world. In this interview with Metropolis Magazine, Gehl talks about his work in Copenhagen and beyond, partnering with psychologists to determine what makes people really happy, and the common human experience that binds us together across cities, cultures, and climates.
“We are homo sapiens and we are made as a walking animal and have the same biological history. We have the same senses and we kiss the same way” remarks Jan Gehl. “So it’s really about making a good urban habitat for homo sapiens, and that’s no different in Tokyo than it is in a small village in China, or in Moscow, or Christchurch, or Hobart.”
Gehl observes that the advent of the automobile transformed cities – and not necessarily for the better. His thoughts on the responsibility of architects and designers to the people display the important role that architects can play in shaping society and forming the future.
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