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People cities : the life and legacy of Jan Gehl

Author: Anne Matan; Peter Newman
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A good city is like a good-party," you stay for longer than you plan," says Danish architect Jan Gehl. He believes that good architecture is not about form, but about the interaction between-form and life. Over-the last 50 years, Gehl has changed the way that we think about architecture and city planning, moving from the Modernist separation of uses to a human-scale approach inviting people to use their cities. At a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Jan Gehl; Jan Gehl
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Matan; Peter Newman
ISBN: 1610917146 9781610917148
OCLC Number: 946462777
Description: xi, 177 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Responsibility: Annie Mattan and Peter Newman.

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An inspirational look at the creation of Jan Gehl's urban design movement.  Read more...

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