Copenhagen Counts Everything

For over 20 years, the City of Copenhagen has used public life tools to apply evidence-based approaches to strategic planning and investments, based on the research and methodologies developed by urbanist Jan Gehl. From Copenhagen, we learn how counting people and where they spend time in public space, as well as how they move through it, can inform city officials to make better design decisions supported by policy changes. Other benefits include increases in transparency and civic trust and collaboration across city agencies.