ARCHIVES: This is legacy content from before Sustainable Cities Collective was relaunched as Smart Cities Dive in early 2017. Some information, such as publication dates or images, may not have migrated over. For the latest in smart city news, check out the new Smart Cities Dive site or sign up for our daily newsletter.

Jan Gehl on Livability from the Moscow Urban Forum

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 conference is being recorded and 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 twenty 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.

Credits: Video from Voicing the City, a collaborative YouTube channel by CoLab Radio and Polis.