THE HUMAN SCALE questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our equations. For 40 years, Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities. His starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings – in what he called Life Between Buildings.
From the slum of Bangladesh to the financial district in New York. What is a happy life, and can a city make us happy? What is a good city? Is it made of highways, gated communities and highrise structures? Or is it made of bikeways, parks and walking streets? Can architecture meet our human needs in the face of future challenges?
It aims to portray the way we live in cities today and its consequences. In a caleidoscopic use of images and sound, we travel the world while experts on urban planning share their work and observations. The intention is to portray the human being within the built environment, and how they influence one another.