Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space

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“. . .thoughtful, beautiful, and enlightening...”

—Jane Jacobs

 

“This book will have a lasting infl uence on the future quality of public open spaces. By helping us better understand the larger public life of cities, Life between Buildings can only move us toward more lively and healthy public places. Buy this book, fi nd a comfortable place to sit in a public park or plaza, begin reading, look around. You will be surprised at how you will start to see (and design) the world differently.”

—Landscape ...

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Overview

 

“. . .thoughtful, beautiful, and enlightening...”

—Jane Jacobs

 

“This book will have a lasting infl uence on the future quality of public open spaces. By helping us better understand the larger public life of cities, Life between Buildings can only move us toward more lively and healthy public places. Buy this book, fi nd a comfortable place to sit in a public park or plaza, begin reading, look around. You will be surprised at how you will start to see (and design) the world differently.”

—Landscape Architecture

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Editorial Reviews

from the foreword to <i>Life Between Buildings</i> - Ralph Erskine

"...this is a book that is a great inspiration to me in my work, and I look upon it as one of the classics for all professional or amateur students of architecture and community building, regardless of their age and background, or how short or long their experience may be."
City- Rediscovering the Center

"The partners of pedestrian life he has observed and the recommendations he has made are highly applicable to American cities...A splendid piece of work."
Landscape Architecture Magazine

"This book will have a lasting influence on the future quality of public open spaces. By helping us better understand the large public life of cities, Life Between Buildings can move us toward more lively and healthy public places. Buy this book, find a comfortable place to sit in a public park or plaza, begin reading, look around. You will be surprised at how you will start to see (and design) the world differently."
Plan Canada

"This book should mark a milestone for studies of the way people attribute meaning to and use public spaces in many countries. Owning it is a must for environmental design teachers and practitioners."
Jane Jacobs

"Thoughtful, beautiful, and enlightening"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597268271
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/2011
  • Edition description: 6
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 826,025
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Gehl is an architect and professor of urban design at the School of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He has been awarded the Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize for exemplary contributions to town planning by the International Union of Architects as well as an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Life Between Buildings 
-Three Types of Outdoor Activities
-Outdoor Activities and Quality of Outdoor Space
-Outdoor Activities and Architectural Trends 
-Life Between Buildings—in Current Social Situations  
Chapter 2. Prerequisites for Planning 
-Processes and Projects 
-Senses, Communication, and Dimensions 
-Life Between Buildings—A Process 
Chapter 3. To Assemble or Disperse  
-To Integrate or Segregate 
-To Invite or Repel 
-To Open Up or Close In 
Chapter 4. Spaces for Walking, Places for Staying
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2004

    Classic Research

    This is a must read for anyone interested in public space. Gehl reports on research about how people use places and sets up a framework for thinking about how to design good public places. Too bad it is out of print - see related titles.

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