‘Human scale for Lublin’ – film and discussion

22th of April 2014 – ‘The Human Scale’ screening and a discussion with Lublin city councillors and activists. Organised by Towarzystwo dla Natury I Człowieka (Society for Nature and Man). This was an important event. Press report: “Pouring concrete only when it makes sense”, article by Marek Rybołowicz, Nowy Tydzień”, 12-18.05.2014.

The projection took place at 17 p.m.at Academic Culture Center ‘Chatka Żaka’ (hall of the Medial-Artistic Incubator, using a blue-ray projector). The subject of the movie was introduced by Krzysztof Gorczyca,head of the Towarzystwo dla Natury I Człowieka. The dicsussion was participated by Ewelina Habza (student of the  scientific group for Spatial Managment at UMCS) along with councillors: Marek Jakubowski and Michal Krawczyk, as well as Marcin Skrzypek who brought the discussion towards the context of Lublin using his presentation.

The meeting lasted for 3 hours and the discussion took most of it. The screening was attended by over 50 people (despite the pre-Christmas  sales and the fact that most of the students didn’t come back yet). The discussion did not separate the gathered, on the contrary it rather had integrated them around common values. The unanimous opinion the movie opens eyes to contemporary problems of cities and sometimes is even touching.

The presentation made by Marcin Skrzypek

‘Human Scale’, directed by Andreas M. Dalsgraad, Denkmark 2012. Official website: http://thehumanscale.dk

From event promoting materials:

Danish architect Jan Gehl and his team want to restore the cities to their residents and take them away from the cars. They plan the direction of changes in urban planning, so the cities’ human scale was the most important factor. His vision and projects have been enthusiastically recvieved and supported by both architects, as well as city authorities all over the world, from Copenhagen to Beijing, Shanghai to New York, Los Angeles to Melbourne and from Christchurch to Dakar. The director shows not only innovative projects of Gehl, but also the way they are implemented in the cities. The movie delights with form, especially the charming photographies. In terms of style it resembles science-fiction documentries, which happen in front of our eyes.

Filmweb.pl

It is possible to accommodate motorists and people using public transport and still prioritize high quality conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. But that we can’t create great cities for people by prioritising transport alone.

from the portfolio of Gehl Architcts

Our vision is to create resilient places that are livable today and sustainable tomorrow. Places are never finished but continue to evolve over time.

from the portfolio of Gehl Architcts

For many years at first we raised buildings, then called the landscape architects to arrange the space between them. We say that this process needs to be reversed. It should start from planning the future life, from specifying what kind of places we want to achieve, where should be the stations and bus stops, how far people can reach on foot. Only then the buildings can be designed.

‘Cities for people – interview with Jan Gehl’
“Architektura” magazine, issue nr 2/2009

People want new experiences, they want to visit interesting places. Instead of flying to Venice or to Bermuda, some are starting to think that it would be better if their own city was attractive. It has been proven that the so-called creative cities attract investors and events, it is them where economy and culture is growing.

‘Cities for people – interview with Jan Gehl’
“Architektura” magazine, issue nr 2/2009