The Human Scale (2013)
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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
Oct 18, 2013 Limited
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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.
The Human Scale presents interesting ideas but the format is often dull as concrete, more civics lecture than vibrant city life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gehl suggests we study people, not cars, and change our cities accordingly.
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.
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