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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 plaz
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 25th 2008 by Danish Architectural Press (first published 1971)
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Sep 01, 2011 Evie rated it it was amazing
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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
Jun 22, 2015 Melinda rated it it was amazing
This short book, amply illustrated with photographs, makes a strong case that design of public space can enhance or limit people's use of that space. Many of the observations seem obvious once made, but certainly I had never thought of them that way before - that people will do the things they have to do, no matter how bad the weather or the design - like go to work and go home from work - but the things they don't have to do are very subject to influence by environmental conditions (is the stre ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Erhardt rated it really liked it
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.
maisarah kadir
Apr 05, 2012 maisarah kadir rated it it was amazing
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
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Apr 12, 2010 Yuni Karuniawati marked it as to-read
Nov 04, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: urbanology
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
Jesper Haller
Dec 14, 2015 Jesper Haller rated it it was amazing
One of the true masters of down-to-earth city planning. You will never be able to walk through a modernist concrete wasteland again without thinking: "Why? Why so devoid of details, logical paths, places to meet, sit, walk" etc. And no, the answer is not always lack of funds. Some planners and builders just love building fortresses...
Jan 13, 2015 Terry rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book about a different perspective on city building. A very accessible read and the translation is great. The planner, Jan Gehl, knows how to state his message simply with a lot of background research to go with it. Great illustrations as well.
Pieta Kupiainen
Nov 06, 2015 Pieta Kupiainen rated it it was amazing
The most eye opening book for urban planners. It's my bible now.
Ida Jørsing
May 16, 2013 Ida Jørsing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rigtig god letlæselig bog, som introduktion til livet mellem husene som arkitektonisk dimension.
Spændende læsning for interesserede i visuel kultur
Bita Jam
Sep 16, 2014 Bita Jam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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