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Jan Gehl at the Moscow Urban Forum

by Peter Sigrist

This is a quick post to share a keynote presentation by Jan Gehl given yesterday at the Moscow Urban Forum. There may be a much better version online already, as the events are being recorded and many are live-streamed on the forum homepage. Gehl discusses urban livability, from reducing traffic jams to designing comfortable public spaces. Such measures — based on inspiring work done in Copenhagen and other cities — are desperately needed in Moscow after 20 years of highly unlivable urban development. Although I find it unsettling to hear livability tied to neoliberal ideas for a "global city" that have dominated the forum, I was impressed with Gehl's practical approach to problem solving at human scales.

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