We’re excited to announce that we are working with the Bernard van Leer Foundation to improve urban public life for young children and families, as a part of their Urban95 initiative.
Gehl Institute is pleased to release our beta set of public life indicators for climate adaptation planning, or resilience projects.
| New York
On Wednesday, December 6, Gehl Institute Executive Director Shin-pei Tsay will participate as a panelist in “Mixed-up Use: Towards More Diverse Real Estate,” a program by URBAN-X.
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 […]
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 […]
Improving the Physical Environment to Advance Health Equity: Case Studies in Community Engagement
| New York (Online)
Please join us for a free webinar on urban design, health equity, and community engagement on July 19, 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EDT). The webinar will employ three case studies to demonstrate community engagement strategies in successful and innovative urban design projects. Speakers from KaBOOM!, ARCHIVE Global, and Friends of Bushwick Inlet […]
Tools for Change – Public Life Matters
This summer, Shin-pei Tsay, Executive Director of Gehl Institute, and David Sim, Partner and Creative Director at Gehl, will co-host “Tools for Change” with a focus on public life. Public life is what happens when people connect in public space, and can be an impetus to increase inclusivity, improve health, expand access to opportunities, and […]
Health + Space: Urban Design for Non-Designers
| New York (Online)
Please join us for a free webinar about urban design and health equity on June 7th, 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EDT). Intended for community leaders and professionals in the fields of public health, healthcare, government, design, transportation, and others, this webinar will emphasize the link between urban design and health equity, and discuss the basics of the […]
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 […]
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 […]