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Jan Gehl: Cities for People

One of the world’s leading planning experts on sustainable mobility, Danish architect Jan Gehl, Hon. FRAIC, will be in Toronto from October 7-8, 2010 to talk about his experience transforming major world cities into cycling-friendly, sustainable communities.


For more than 40 years, Gehl has helped transform urban environments from Copenhagen to New York and cities around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use – or could use – the spaces where they live and work.


In his latest book, Cities for People (Island Press), Gehl presents his latest work creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He clearly explains the methods and tools he uses to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into the landscapes he believes they should be: cities for people. Taking into account changing demographics and changing lifestyles, Gehl explains how to develop cities that are lively, safe, sustainable, and healthy.


Gehl first lectures on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 6:30pm in Room 103 of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, located at 230 College Street. This is a free event, and is presented by the Royal Danish Consulate General and the Toronto Society of Architects


Gehl speaks again on Friday, October 8, 2010, from 11:45am to 1:30pm at the InterContinental Hotel located at 225 Front Street West in Toronto. To register and to purchase tickets, please visit This event is presented by the Economic Club of Canada.