The Congress for the New Urbanism, New England Chapter (CNU New England) is pleased to announce a special screening of The Human Scale at the historic Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, New Hampshire. This documentary film is inspired by the work of Danish architect Jan Gehl, who challenged our assumptions about modern cities and pioneered a human-centric approach to designing communities.
Following the screening, City of Lebanon Planning Director Andrew Gast-Bray, PhD, will lead a panel of design and development experts in exploring what Jan Gehl's human-centric approach could mean for the communities of the Upper Connecticut River Valley. Join the conversation! Come with questions. And continue the conversation at the reception down the street at Salt Hill Pub.
This event is free and open to all. We kindly suggest a $5 donation to support future programming like this. Register now to claim a seat.
Generously sponsored by
City of Lebanon | Town of Hanover | Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee Regional Commission | Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission | Dartmouth College | DuBois & King | ORW Landscape Architects and Planners | Pathways Consulting | Banwell Architects | Resource Systems Group
About the film
The Human Scale questions our assumptions about modern cities, exploring what happens when we use a people-centered approach as the focus of community design. For 40 years, Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities. His starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings – in what he called “Life Between Buildings.” What made it exist? Why was it destroyed? How could it be brought back? This led to studies of how people use streets, how we walk, see, rest, meet, interact etc. Jan Gehl also uses statistics, but based on different questions: How many people pass this street in a 24 hour period? How many are pedestrians, how many are driving cars or bikes? How much street space is each allowed to use? Are our streets performing well for all users?
Gehl's early research in Italy helped to transform the planning of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, for the past 40 years. His ideas inspired the creation of highly walkable streets, the expansion and improvement of cycling infrastructure, and the reorganization of parks, squares and other public spaces throughout Copenhagen and across the Nordic region. Today, cities like Melbourne, New York, Christchurch, and Somerville, Massachusetts are all taking notice of Gehl’s work that helped make Copenhagen the world’s happiest city.