The Human Scale (2013)
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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.
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