Jan Gehl on Changing Mindsets
Jan Gehl, Professor of Urban Design at the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and founding partner of Gehl Architects shares his view of the importance of the good city for the cities today and for the future.
Gehl discusses how the best thing foundations can do is to change mindsets of people who can then go and make change in their local communities. He gives the example of New York City, where he helped to change city planners' ways of thinking when it came to making cities people-friendly.
In 2010, Hobart was lucky enough to have Jan Gehl prepare a public life study, including a design strategy for the city. Were mindsets changed? How do we now interact and engage with the city, and what do we see as the role of the bicycle?