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“Jan Gehl is our greatest observer of urban quality and an indispensable philosopher of cities as solutions to the environmental and health crises that we face. With over half the world’s population now in urban areas, the entire planet needs to learn the lessons he offers in Cities for People.”

— Janette Sadik Khan,
Commissioner of the New York City
Department of Transportation


“Jan Gehl es nuestro gran observador de la calidad urbana y un filósofo indispensable a la hora de pensar a las ciudades como portadores de soluciones para las crisis ambientales y sanitarias a las que nos enfrentamos. Si consideramos que más de la población mundial reside en áreas urbanas, el planeta entero necesita aprender las lecciones que ofrece Ciudades para la gente.”

— Janette Sadik Khan,
Comisionado del Departamento de Transporte
de la Ciudad de Nueva York


Jan Gehl

B.1936. Architect, Professor (ret.) of Urban Design, The School of Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

Founding Partner: Gehl — Copenhagen.

International teachings include universities in Edinburgh, Vilnius, Oslo, Wroclaw, Dresden, Toronto, Calgary, Melbourne, Perth, Berkeley, San José, Guadalajara, Yogyakarta and Capetown.

Major City Improvement projects include: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Rotterdam, Riga, Edinburgh, London, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Amman, Seattle, New York and Moscow & Shanghai.

Publications include ”Life Between Buildings” (1971 and onwards, available in 24 languages), ”Public Spaces – Public Life, ”New City Spaces”, ”New City Life”, ”Cities for People” (Island Press, 2010, available in 20 languages), ”How to Study Public Life” (Island Press 2013).

Jan Gehl has been awarded numerous national and international awards including ”Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize for exemplary contributions to Town Planning” by The International Union of Architects and an honorary doctors degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Jan is a Honorary Fellow of The Danish Institute of Architects, The Royal British Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Royal Incorporation of Scottish Architects and the Planning Institutes of Australia and Ireland.

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