In an article featuring Jan Gehl, he is described as “the most influential architect you’ve never heard of.” However, we are pleased to say, that his efforts along with the collective efforts of Gehl Architects have not gone unnoticed as the people of Lublin, Poland, have nominated 2014 to be “Year of Jan Gehl.”
Jan Gehl, visionary architect and contributing author of What We See, aspires to create livable cities by improving their quality of life. He often writes and lectures on the subject of livability, indicating that public life is the key to improving it. Gehl addresses this subject by re-imagining city design to accommodate for the pedestrian and cyclist culture–a culture that he believes is the key to making healthy cities. Gehl has been pursuing these issues on a global scale since 2000 with the founding of Gehl Architects.
“The word livable is used more and more…it has to do with the notion of creating a city which gives a very good quality of life for those who are living there and those who are working there, and it is very important that it be for all age groups.” -Jan Gehl
At New Village Press, we celebrate Gehl’s ideals and commend him for his strides in urban design, and we are curious to follow the initiatives and the outcome of Lublin, Poland’s nomination.