Event: UBC hosts events with Copehnhagen’s Jan Gehl on the relationship between public spaces and civic society
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
2 – 3 p.m. lecture; 3:30 p.m. roundtable with participants from government, industry and academia, moderated by UBC researchers Patrick Condon and Lawrence Frank
Location: Liu Institute for Global Issues
6476 N.W. Marine Drive, UBC
Danish urban designer Jan Gehl has received global acclaim for his straightforward and practical approach to creating liveable cities. His work considers not only planning and architecture, but also sociology and psychology in fostering Cities for People, the title of his latest book.
Tapping Gehl’s knowledge and skills, Melbourne, London and New York, among other great international cities, have applied a strategy of incremental change and clear measures to reduce traffic jams, increase public transit ridership and create neighbourhoods that welcome bikes and pedestrians.
“Gehl’s visit to the Vancouver region is timely, coinciding with regional struggles to shift parts of our urban realm from domination by car towards accommodation of more sustainable human uses,” says Patrick Condon, professor in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and author of The seven rules for sustainable communities.
Following Gehl’s lecture, Professors Condon and Lawrence Frank, an environment, transportation and urban planning expert in the School of Community and Regional Planning, will moderate a roundtable discussion with participants from government, industry and academia.
Gehl is also appearing at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, January 24, at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, as the Arthur Erickson Lecture Series speaker, presented by Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning Ltd.
For more about Gehl, visit: www.gehlarchitects.com/index.php?id=401923