June 2, 2009
by Canadian Architect
Taking place at the Design Exchange on Wednesday, June 3 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, this presentation and discussion focuses on Jan Gehl’s work and research in the area of public space design – from the revitalization of some of the world’s most important urban streets to waterfront development. Gehl will discuss his criteria for creating good public spaces using lessons from his recent work in places such as New York, San Francisco and Melbourne.
Gehl is Professor (retired) of Urban Design at the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He is also the founding partner of Gehl Architects – Urban Quality Consultants. His research on public spaces and public life began in Copenhagen, but was quickly applied to many other cities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. His ideas and approaches to design for public spaces incorporate the cutting edge of technology without losing sight of what best supports and enhances people’s experience of everyday life in the public realm.
The Design Exchange is located at 234 Bay Street in Toronto.