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The 1993 Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize - Jan Gehl (Denmark)

For Town-Planning or Territorial Development

Jan Gehl, born 17 September 1936 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 1993 winner of the UIA’s Patrick Abercrombie Prize, he has focused his long and celebrated career on “making cities for people” by improving the quality of urban life and re-orienting city design towards pedestrians and cyclists. Founding partner of Gehl Architects, an urban research and design consulting firm in Copenhagen, Gehl’s work was greatly inspired by the humanism he found in architectural theorist Jane Jacobs’ writing. As a pioneer of urban planning, he devoted his work to what he refers to as the “people scale” and has participated in and advised urban design and public projects internationally in the UK, Australia, the USA, Argentina and Brazil. “Good architecture is not form, but the interaction between life and form”, he told ArchDaily in a 2011 interview. Gehl is a professor of urban planning for the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and is the author of several books about urban life, including, “Life Between Buildings”, “Cities for People”, “New City Spaces”, “Public Spaces – Public Life”, “New City Life”, “How to Study Public Life” and most recently “People Cities” / “Mennesker Først”.


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