In November 2014, Cities for People hosted our first National Forum at Evergreen BrickWorks in Toronto. Renowned architect Jan Gehl delivered the following keynote presentation on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Jan Gehl: People-oriented City Planning from J.W. McConnell Family Foundation on Vimeo.

About Jan Gehl

Jan Gehl is an Architect, Founding Partner of Gehl Architects, and former Professor and Researcher at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. Over the course of his career, he has published several books, including, “Life Between Buildings”, “Cities for People”, “New City Spaces”, “Public Spaces – Public Life”, “New City Life” and most recently “How to Study Public Life”. As part of Gehl, Jan has collaborated on projects for the cities of Copenhagen, London, Melbourne, Sydney, New York and Moscow, among others. He is an honorary fellow of RIBA, AIA, RAIC, and PIA.
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