over 30 years, Danish architect Jan Gehl has been an advocate
of turning vehicle-centric cities into pedestrian- and people-friendly
cities. In June, Gehl will spend time walking around Seattle
and share his observations on ways we can make it a truly
great pedestrian city.
Gehl is the next featured speaker in the City's Urban Sustainability
Spaces, Public Life"
Monday, June 6, 2005, 5:30-7 p.m.
Seattle Central Library Auditorium
Part of the Mayor's Center City Seattle Strategy, this event
is cosponsored by the City of Seattle, International Sustainable
Solutions, Gregory Broderick Smith Real Estate, Nitze-Stagen,
and the Seattle Architecture Foundation.
About Jan Gehl
Jan Gehl is Professor of Urban Design in the School of
Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen
and founding partner of Gehl Architects Urban Quality
Consultants. With Gehl's leadership all 18 public squares
in Copenhagen that had been parking lots have been turned
back to public squares, and pedestrian streets are thriving
for walking, shopping, and people-watching.
His research in Copenhagen was quickly applied to many other
cities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia and he
is now knows as the master of public space. Gehl's
ideas and approaches to designing public spaces incorporate
the cutting edge of technology without losing sight of what
best supports and enhances peoples experience of everyday
life in the public realm.
Gehl earned his B.A. and M.A. in Architecture from the School
of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in
1960 and began practicing as an architect. In 1966 he received
a five-year research grant to study the form and use of public
space, which spawned his first book, Life between Buildings.
This and later publicationsPublic Spaces, Public
Life and New Urban Spaceshave been translated
into multiple languages.
Gehl has continued to work at the School of Architecture
as lecturer, senior lecturer and professor of urban design
since 1971, and was named director of their newly established
Center for Public Space Research in 1998. As partner of Gehl
Architects, he has served as a consultant to city councils
and planning departments in many countries. He also delivers
lectures and courses at universities and conferences around
the world and serves on the editorial board of the Journal
of Architectural and Planning Research, Urban Design International,
and Town Planning & Architecture.
About the 2005 Urban Sustainability Forum
Presented by Mayor Greg Nickels, this event is the third in
Urban Sustainability Forum, a series of energizing public
dialogues on transforming Seattle into a 21st century city
that is climate-neutral, pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented,
community-focused and sustainably designed.
The series features nationally and internationally recognized
leaders in sustainable community development and provides
an opportunity for Seattle business leaders and citizens to
discuss urban sustainability issues and create a shared vision
for the future.
Special Dinner Invitation
International Sustainable Solutions invites you
to a unique outdoor dinner event,
Wed, June 8, 2005, 6:30 p.m. View
Urban Sustainability Forum
A list of all speakers and dates in the 2005 Urban
Sustainability Forum is available on the DPD Sustainable
If you have questions, please contact:
Lynne Barker, DPD Sustainable