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Saturday, October 09, 2010
Jan Gehl in Ottawa
Here's a transcript of my tweets about Jan Gehl's presentation on October 6, 2010.
Although it was promoted by the NCC as part of their bicycling planning (Cycling as Part of Urban Living: Public Presentation), he actually talked about the history of urban planning and related disciplines, and the thinking he has developed that led to his new book Cities for People (there were supposed to be copies of the book for him to sign, but they weren't there due to some snafu).
They were filming it, I hope they put it online. The NCC seems a bit social media challenged (no Twitter feed, no blog, no videos - not even a place online where you can sign up for a mailing list).
The first tweet was 6:58 PM Oct 6th, 2010 and the last one was 8:51 PM Oct 6th.
Other people tweeted as well, but they weren't using a hashtag.
Tweets from my account @rakerman:
at @MuseumOfNature for NCC Jan Gehl event. in absence of info I declare tag to be #nccgehl - good turnout.
Cities for People #nccgehl http://twitpic.com/2v8mrn
cool to see such a good turnout in #Ottawa to hear Jan Gehl speak #nccgehl
Wikipedia - Jan Gehl http://bit.ly/aTZd3j #nccgehl
Mayor of Gatineau is here #nccgehl
standing room only #nccgehl
new #NCC 50-year city vision plan will include urban mobility component #Ottawa #nccgehl
Jan Gehl talking about importance of human-scale space #nccgehl
Jan Gehl's book Cities for People http://amzn.to/bjkThO #nccgehl
"a good city is like a good party" - Jan Gehl #nccgehl
Jan Gehl is funny #nccgehl
Jan Gehl talking about his training 50 years ago - modernism - must always separate zones - cities bad #nccgehl
Jan Gehl talking about Le Corbusier #nccgehl
from very slow development concerned for people to very fast building around 1960 #nccgehl
big scale "professional" urban planners car invasion circa 1955 #nccgehl
cars arrived in cities like a tsunami circa 1955 - Jan Gehl #nccgehl
started thinking purpose of city planning was making room for cars #nccgehl
Gehl cites Jane Jacobs #nccgehl
"the Brasilia Syndrome" - city planning from 5km above the ground - technocratic #nccgehl
from the airplane Brasilia looks smashing - Jan Gehl #nccgehl
Brasilia completely ignored human scale - at human level it's "shit" - Jan Gehl (yes he said shit) #nccgehl
planners didn't help... #nccgehl
... but architects also became obsessed with form over function #nccgehl
Gehl has lots of criticism for "buildings dropped from the sky" architecture in Dubai #nccgehl
now we come to traffic planners - Jan Gehl #nccgehl - their purpose was to make cars happy
cities have traffic departments with wonderful statistics #nccgehl - cars very visible in planning process
landscape architects at least are working at eye level - but not so interested in function #nccgehl
who is left to look at the human dimension? #nccgehl
pedestrians tend to be invisible in city planning #nccgehl
Gehl flagging architectural renderings that show spaces full of happy people #nccgehl
Gehl is hilarious #nccgehl
the most important scale of all is People Scale - eye level at 5km/h #nccgehl
more and more private space lost public space #nccgehl
the number 1 attraction in cities is other people #nccgehl
Jan Gehl talking about about Copenhagenizing New York #nccgehl
300km of bicycle lanes added in New York in 2 years #nccgehl
I gave a standing ovation #nccgehl
Q about where funding came from. A bicycle infrastructure is cheap #nccgehl
Gehl talking about current cyclists in parts of North America : small percentage of cyclists high-speed cyclists on racing bikes #nccgehl
Thanks to TwapperKepper for the archive http://twapperkeeper.com/hashtag/nccgehl - I used Export to get the tweets into a spreadsheet so they would be in FIFO order.