On May 8, 2017, please join us for “The Cost of Social Injustice in Communities of Color,” a panel discussion, followed by a reception/open house at WXY Studio, entitled “Spaces and Places of Protest.” Register at PlacesofProtest.Eventbrite.com! Panel Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM Location: TransitCenter (1 Whitehall St, 17th Floor) In recent years, social media and […]
Tools for Change
Save the date! This August, Gehl Institute is hosting Tools For Change: A Summer Masterclass in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reserve your place at firstname.lastname@example.org. Program Outline Day 1 – Learning the Basics Talks & guest talk, case studies, conversation sessions, urban exploration, film screening, & dinner Gehl Institute: Shin-pei Tsay, host Gehl team: David Sim, Henriette Vamberg, […]
Chaos vs. Order: The New Face of Astor Place
| New York
NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and Gehl Institute invite you to join us for a discussion on the past, present, and future of Manhattan’s Astor Place and public plazas in New York City. This event will take a critical look at the neighborhood improvements and its benefits to society, with a panel including Andy Wiley-Schwartz, William Kelley, Florent Morellet, moderated by Lisa Chamberlain.
Earlier this Summer, Gehl was involved in a collaboration between the Copenhagen Municipality and Hitachi, a multinational innovation company, to explore the opportunities of a new comprehensive online data sharing platform– the City Data Exchange. The Exchange is going to combine private and public data sources in one location, making it easier for data users to navigate the ever-growing online ocean of information. Gehl was asked to create a use-case for this new platform, investigating specifically how the field of creating inclusive and vibrant public realms could benefit from the initiative.
People First, Action Oriented Planning
| Bellevue, WA
Use the city as a living laboratory to measure the quality of public life. Acquire new tools to take incremental steps toward meaningful and authentic neighborhood transformations. Begin to develop a common vocabulary in which to discuss and ultimately implement small changes and large transformations.
The splashJAM is a pilot prototype to test how play and water can bring neighbors and families out, from all over the city, and create a new hub for families. At the corner of Short Street and Eastern Avenue, Thoroughbred Park operates as a ceremonial gateway to the city. Families in Lexington frequent the park […]
Using Humor to Provoke Urban Change In order to investigate the effect of humor on influencing individual and collective culture, Gehl created the Federated Bureau of (Public Life) Instigation (FB(pl)I) to research how humor can instigate urban change. Core questions for the project included: How might humor, playfulness, and even satire, combined with accurate public […]
Seven NYC plazas were analyzed to identify new methods and metrics to study the connections and impacts of public life and public space to urban justice, with collaborator J. Max Bond Center (JMBC). In the past seven years, the NYC Department of Transportation partnered with community organizations across the city to create over 70 new […]
Gehl Institute received support from the Charlotte Knight office in the summer of 2015. This builds on Gehl’s Charlotte Public Space Plan, which we produced with Center City Partners in 2015. Current work is focused on developing a pilot project, with local partners, which engages stakeholders in the planning process and enhances connectivity within the […]
The Market Street Prototyping Festival encouraged designers, artists, and makers to test ideas to enliven the sidewalks along San Francisco’s Market Street. The Festival built upon the design process for Better Market Street, a five-year effort to redesign Market Street into a lively and attractive destination with vibrant public life. Yerba Buena Center for the […]
As US society becomes more polarized between rich and poor, and cities grapple with the strains of economic inequality, public space remains a place where people with mixed backgrounds and incomes can come together. Diversity and serendipity is core to our cities’ economic competitiveness, civility, and democracy. But the only tool planners and advocates have to talk about inequality and […]
The new San Jose City Hall plaza was a fundamental component with a series of recent large-scale projects intended to revitalize the city’s downtown. However, ten years after its opening, the plaza is far from realizing its true potential. With the support of the Knight Foundation and the help of the City of San Jose, The Tech Museum of […]
Act Urban: Public Life – Everyone’s Business
Act Urban brought together leaders across several sectors working in innovative and successful ways to shape cities in to places that provide opportunity for all. The conference aims to bring consensus to the term public life, identify tools and knowledge that will surface the value of public life, and empower a larger network of actors […]