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The Human Scale (2012)

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Half of the human population lives in urban areas. By 2050, this will increase to 80%. Life in a megacity is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, ... See full summary »


Andreas Dalsgaard
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Credited cast:
Jan Gehl Jan Gehl ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rob Adams Rob Adams ... Self
Robert Doyle Robert Doyle ... Self
Lars Gemzøe Lars Gemzøe ... Self
Mark Gorton Mark Gorton ... Self
Iqbal Habib Iqbal Habib ... Self
Dongquan He Dongquan He ... Self (as He Dongquan)
Akm Abul Kalam Akm Abul Kalam ... Self
Abu Naser Khan Abu Naser Khan ... Self
Hugh Nicholson Hugh Nicholson ... Self
Bob Parker Bob Parker ... Self
Khondker Neaz Rahman Khondker Neaz Rahman ... Self
Jeff Risom Jeff Risom ... Self
Janette Sadik-Khan Janette Sadik-Khan ... Self
Ruhan Shama Ruhan Shama ... Self


Half of the human population lives in urban areas. By 2050, this will increase to 80%. Life in a megacity is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through four decades. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. 'The Human Scale' meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the centre of our planning. Written by Final Cut for Real

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Khondker Neaz Rahman: If you see life, if you see how it grows, then when you grow up you will take care of lives of others. It is not school, it is not a book, it is the timeframe of your life: you learn. So when you turn a city into a place where you don't walk, your kids don't walk, you are raising generations that when they grow up, will not be human.
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Unimpressive, narrow-focused doc
12 December 2016 | by JonathanWalfordSee all my reviews

This is not a well-rounded doc about human scale in the urban landscape. Most of the film was about pedestrian only plazas and bicycle path access in large cities. Broad statements were made like if you build large plazas people will come - wrong. I know many large plazas in different cities that sit unused - there has to be a reason for people to come to those plazas - shopping, eating, access... The doc also ignores the practical problem of how to deal with vehicle access into inner cities. Its all well and good to say everyone should ride a bike or walk, but that is not reasonable or even legal statement (because it is not inclusive of older people or people with disabilities, which is required by law where I live.)

On top of that, this doc looks like a promotion for Gehl architects with half the people interviewed work for Gehl and promote the ideas of Gehl to create human scale and pedestrian/bike access in large cities. Nobody from another firm is interviewed.

On the good side, there is some interesting approaches and stats - Melbourne and New York were the most interesting case studies. However, at the end of the doc you are left wondering what the overall point of the film was other than cars=bad, bikes=good, big cities=inevitable...

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Release Date:

21 February 2013 (Denmark) See more »

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$780,000 (estimated)

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16:9 HD
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