HUMAN SCALE (2012)
Directed by: Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Director of Photography by: Heikki Färm , Adam Philp
Producers: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Production: Final Cut for Real
Contemporary metropolises are characterised by gigantic flyovers crossing the cities and houses- towers where people live like as if inside concrete boxes. Nowadays 50% of the population lives in metropolises and by 2050 that number will grow to 80%. Does the reality of metropolitan cities address the needs of their citizens in any way?
Danish architect Jan Gehl and his team are struggling with an epoch-making challenge: they want to restore cities to the residents and take the power from the cars. They plan to introduce such changes in city planning that the human dimension will play the biggest part. His vision and projects are enthusiastically received and supported by architects as well as local authorities around the world- from Copenhagen to Beijing, from Shanghai to New York, from Los Angeles to Melbourne and from Christchurch to Dakar.
The director shows not only the innovative projects of Gehl but also the way in which they are introduced to the cities. This film is aesthetically consistent, it delights with the form, especially with sublime photographs. Its stylistics resemble a science fiction documentary film that is happening before our very eyes.
‘Europe City’ documentary
Is there such a thing as a European idea of the city? Europe has traditionally been characterised as having compact, densely-populated cities organised around complex uses and a mixture of populations. What is left of the European model of the city? How do European cities cope with the increasing cultural diversity of their public spaces and how is the balance between public spaces and private spaces achieved today? Do our public spaces constitute places for claims on and exercise of democracy? The programme will look at the winning works in the European Prize for Urban Public Space, which is awarded by the CCCB and six other European institutions, and will answer these and other questions with the help of such outstanding specialists as Richard Sennett, Josep Llinàs, Oriol Bohigas, Solà-Morales, Elías Torres and Javier Pérez Andújar. Documentary produced by CCCB and Spanish Television, on European model of the city, 30′, 2012