Tools for Change Masterclass: Public Life Intersections
| San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose
Join Gehl and Gehl Institute this spring in the Bay Area for a three-day intensive course filled with inspiring conversations, workshops, bike tours, and jam sessions, to learn a new approach to designing cities by studying, measuring, and observing public life.
In early 2017, Gehl Institute invited community design organizations to apply to its Open Call program: Proposals for Public Life. The program was designed to offer trainings on how to use our public life tools, and provided up to $10,000 to execute and evaluate a public space project.
Gehl Institute is pleased to welcome Benjamin de la Peña and Heather Thompson to our Board of Directors, and to announce that Kimberly Driggins, who joined the Board in May 2017, will now be serving as Chairperson. Our Board of Directors draws on a variety of disciplines. Their range of diverse expertise, backgrounds, and perspectives is […]
We are thrilled to announce this year’s “Tools for Change” masterclasses. Due to overwhelming demand, we’ll be offering two installments of the course: first in the Bay Area (May 21-23) and then in Copenhagen (August 22-24). While each class will cover a different set of local issues, both will be themed around “Public Life Intersections,” […]
Update: This post has been filled. We are hiring a temporary Research Associate to join the team for at least half a year, with the potential to become a permanent member. Research Associates are integral members of Gehl Institute, contributing to knowledge creation and execution of projects. Does this description sound like you? We look forward […]
We’re excited to announce the results of BenchMark in a new report that represents the culmination of our work over the past year with the MIT Civic Data Design Lab. In 2017, the Civic Data Design Lab developed the BenchMark project to see how “smart” furniture, equipped with sensors and machine learning technology, might augment […]
Update: This post has been filled. We are pleased to announce that we are searching for a full-time Deputy Director and a contract based Development Advisor to join the Gehl Institute team. The Deputy Director will serve as a partner to the Executive Director and senior manager of the organization, with a focus on strategy and fundraising, […]
The Public Life Data Protocol (the Protocol) describes a set of metrics that are important to the understanding of public life—people moving and staying in public space—and aims to establish a common format for the collection and storage of such data. Used in conjunction with the Public Life Data Tools or other observational methods for […]
Beginning today, Gehl Institute is convening its second annual public life conference, Public x Design, in Philadelphia. Public x Design will bring together over 100 practitioners, researchers, and experts from around the world to collectively explore potentials and share actions to reclaim the public in public life and the public realm. Participants will be joining […]
This August, Gehl Institute and Gehl, the practice, co-taught the “Tools for Change” masterclass in Copenhagen, Denmark. The three-day course centered on the value of public life: what it means, how to study it, and how to enhance it for everyone. We were joined by a diverse group of practitioners, advocates, and recent graduates, who […]
We are pleased to announce the beta launch of the Public Life Data Protocol developed by Gehl Institute, in close partnership with Gehl, the practice, the Municipality of Copenhagen, the City of San Francisco, and with support and input from Seattle DOT. The Public Life Data Protocol is a data specification that aims to improve […]
Racial segregation in U.S. cities is no accident. As historians have extensively documented, our unequal social landscape is in large part the result of specific urban policies, from redlining and zoning to highway construction and suburban incorporation. These are the banal instruments that have shaped economic and health disparities in communities across the country.  […]
Gehl Institute is thrilled to announce the release of A Mayor’s Guide to Public Life, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. There are few greater legacies a mayor can leave behind than investing in public life: the everyday social life of streets, parks and plazas, and spaces between buildings. When […]
How will new technology inform the ways we understand and intervene in urban spaces to provide public benefit? In this guest post, Wenfei Xu of CARTO research describes the mapping project “A Million Walks in the Park,” which analyzed mobile phone data to illustrate how people move through New York City’s parks.
How do you design a public space for everyone—a space that is not only welcoming and inclusive but fosters a sense of community and well-being?
This is Part 3 in our series on Gehl Institute’s Open Call: Proposals for Public Life. Throughout Summer 2017, we provided technical assistance to three community design organizations working in public space. Dotte Agency, based in Wyandotte County, Kansas, collaborated with community partners to enhance public life and public health in two neighborhood parks. The […]
This is Part 2 in our series on Gehl Institute’s Open Call: Proposals for Public Life. Throughout Summer 2017, we provided technical assistance to three community design organizations working in public space. Chicago is famous for its monumental public spaces, which are enjoyed by residents and tourists alike and receive a great deal of city […]
This is Part 1 in our series on Gehl Institute’s Open Call: Proposals for Public Life. Throughout Summer 2017, we provided technical assistance to three community design organizations working in public space. The Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) offers free design and planning services to help community partners achieve their visions. We were thrilled to work […]
What can the U.S. learn from Copenhagen about designing public spaces to foster healthier, more inclusive communities? One of the most striking cultural symbols upon arriving in Copenhagen is the sheer number of cyclists navigating city streets—in fact bicycles outnumber cars! But during my recent visit, it was the trash cans that actually caught my eye. […]
Webinar on Health, Equity, Design, and Community Engagement
| New York (Online)
This free webinar will address urban designers and other professionals on the importance of early, sustained, and genuine engagement with local communities—residents, business owners, neighborhood organizations, and leaders—to understand their history, dynamics and unique needs, challenges and opportunities. Health Equity Initiative will share its expertise on effective strategies to engage and empower communities to […]
Gehl Institute is thrilled to announce the winners of our Open Call: Proposals for Public Life competition! This summer, we trained three equity-focused design teams to deploy the tools we’ve developed (some tried and true, others newer and more experimental) to study the impacts of their projects in public space. The program’s underlying questions […]
Gehl Institute is proud to announce the launch of BenchMark: a project that uses street furniture to measure the diverse benefits of social interaction in public space. Moveable benches and signs at one of MIT’s busy quads are embedded with sensors for measuring public life according to Gehl methods. Over the course of a few […]