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Monday, 13 June 2011, 15:30 - 17:00 at UNU-IAS in Yokohama

A Lecture by

David Sim

Director, Gehl Architects

Co-organized by: UNU-IAS and IKI - International Keio Institute for Architecture and Urbanism

Mr. David Sim answering questions after his presentation
Photo: Makiko Arima / UNU-IAS

Seminar Description

Language: English only

Ever since the publication of "Life Between Buildings" in 1971, Jan Gehl's observation and study of human beings and their interaction with the built environment has influenced architects and planners all over the world. His forty-­­­year study of central Copenhagen has helped give the city international recognition for its livability, and prompted the application of his theories to other projects. This lecture will discuss Jan Gehl's approach in Copenhagen, New York City and other projects, including the rebuilding efforts after the earthquake in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.


15:30 - 15:35 Opening Remarks

Jose Puppim de Oliveira,  Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS

15:35 - 16:15

Sustainable Places are People Places

David Sim, Director, Gehl Architects

Chair: Darko Radovic,  Professor, Keio University; Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS

16:15 - 17:00

Discussion and Q&A

Audio and Video Podcasts

13 June 2011
Sustainable Places are People Places

Opening Remarks  by Dr. Jose Puppim de Oliveira,  Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS

 [Archived Video1 minutes];

Sustainable Places are People Places  by Mr. David Sim, Director, Gehl Architects
 [Archived Video75 minutes];  [Archived Audio75 minutes]

Discussion and Q&A
 [Archived Video33 minutes];  [Archived Audio33 minutes]

Photo Gallery

Speaker's Biography

David Sim is a Scottish architect and Director at Gehl Architects. He has taught at architecture and design schools in many countries. While working at Lund University, Sweden, he has developed teaching methods that have led to a number of pedagogical awards and distinctions. David continues his work as an educator at Gehl Architects both with professionals and the public, giving lectures and guest critiques, as well as facilitating workshops and other planning events. His main area of work at Gehl Architects is master-planning and urban design, collaborating with other professionals. Recent work includes the design of a new town in the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland, recently selected by the Scottish Government to represent their Sustainable Communities Initiative. At present, he is working in Christchurch, as a member of the project steering team and the operations team, making strategic and operational decisions about the plan for rebuilding the city after the Earthquake.

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