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 intimacy into account. (c) Official Site
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2013
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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.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2013
Village Voice
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