Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space
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Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space

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“. . .thoughtful, beautiful, and enlightening...”
—Jane Jacobs

“This book will have a lasting infl uence on the future quality of public open spaces. By helping us better understand the larger public life of cities, Life between Buildings can only move us toward more lively and healthy public places. Buy this book, fi nd a comfortable place to sit in a public park or plaza,...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 25th 2008 by Island Press (first published 1971)
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i read this to the end, without skipping even a paragraph and its not a fiction book so i guess this means life between buildings was a very interesting book! its packed with useful information about public spaces and people's behaviours, surveys, facts and suggestions. the book is well written, with no excess information, lots of pictures to accompany the examples and is separated in smaller parts that consist of 2-4 paragraphs (very useful for people with small attention span myself included)....more
maisarah kadir
satu buku tentang ruang dan hubungan diantara bangunan/bandar dengan manusia. sedikit sosiologi, anthropologi, dan i don't know, architecture? ada banyak falsafah falsafah tentang the arrangement of spaces in cities untuk meng-optimumkan penglibatan manusia dalam sesuatu tempat umum, benda benda kecil seperti, tempat duduk (dan orientasi), ukuran lebar yang diperuntukkan untuk pedestrian, dan susunan bangunan itu sendiri.

jadi ruang umum yang kita lihat kebelakangan ini makin uh, privatised, encl...more
Yuni Karuniawati
Apr 12, 2010 Yuni Karuniawati marked it as to-read
Another urban design classic. First published in 1971, Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space, as its name suggests, talks about the issues planners and designers should think about in creative active public spaces. That to promote active public life, we have to move away from planning approaches that focus on the building structure, its design, layout and functions, but views the space outside the building as an afterthought.

Gehl discusses the need to create invitations for people to enter...more
Quick read full of insights into how people approach public spaces. This is understandably a classic of urban planning, and is incredibly accessible. I loved how every spread had at least one photo, and often several supporting the text with observable evidence. The book seems like a nice complement to Jane Jacobs classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities, focusing more on the details of design that support the type of livable, walkable cities they both dream of.
Ida Jørsing
Rigtig god letlæselig bog, som introduktion til livet mellem husene som arkitektonisk dimension.
Spændende læsning for interesserede i visuel kultur
Mr. Gehl is great! and also so kind to send me this excellent book !
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Jan Gehl is a Danish architect and urban design consultant based in Copenhagen and whose career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist.
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