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The Human Scale

The Human Scale (2013)

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50

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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83

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50 % of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and

Unrated,

Documentary

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Andreas Dalsgaard

Feb 10, 2014

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No documentary I've seen about city planning has come at the topic from such a resolutely humanistic perspective, or given me more hope for the future.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The Human Scale presents interesting ideas but the format is often dull as concrete, more civics lecture than vibrant city life.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Writer-director Andreas M. Dalsgaard takes such a low-key approach to presenting the film's vital, potentially involving topic that viewers may find themselves more inspired to take a snooze than a stroll.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If Dalsgaard's advocacy of Gehl's utopian vision largely ignores the socioeconomic forces arrayed against it, the film should nevertheless enthuse pedestrians, bike riders and public-space proponents everywhere.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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If the result sometimes feels like a sedate lecture, the global journey strongly enlivens the lesson; it's fascinating how alike and how different cities can be, and more fascinating to imagine what they may become.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Human Scale lacks both the punch needed to appeal to the layperson and the deep wonkiness to gain the attention of true geeks of the built environment.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Gehl suggests we study people, not cars, and change our cities accordingly.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Insightful and fascinating, but too dry and somewhat myopic.

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

While there's no doubt that a city's walkability is important, the film would have benefitted from either stats or testimonials in favor of its central premise.

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Like many movies looking at the effects of globalization on the human condition, Dalsgaard looks at the ways today's cities are destroying our quality of life.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Montreal Gazette
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