The Human Scale

The Human Scale

DVD - 2012
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On estimate, 50 % of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness, and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why?
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Kimstim, 2012
Branch Call Number: 307.336 HUM
Characteristics: 1 dvd (77 min.) : sound, color ; 12 cm

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1aa
Feb 02, 2016

Pretty much a lengthy infomercial for the Gehl architects and consulting firm. But it is informative: gives a brief description of the main ideas of urban planning from the 1930's to the 1970's, how it was largely wrong, and a newer perspective which focuses on planning ideas (and the evaluation of planning ideas) from the community (from the bottom up), rather than from the master-planners 9from the top down).

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VRMurphy
Oct 05, 2015

How do you take an absolutely fascinating current issue and make it boring? Watch and learn with this documentary. It's worth sticking with the monotone narration and static photography, to listen to the opinions and experiences being expressed, though.

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PatEe
Jul 09, 2014

Very slow moving, and hard to understand what the narrator, and others are saying at times. Not very informative, or thought provoking. However, to see cities that you will probably never see in your life is worth the viewing. You need to stay to the best part - Christchurch, NZ or just fast forward.

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Liber_vermis
Mar 25, 2014

This documentary focuses on shifting from car to bicycle and foot transportation in city centres. But the sustainability of cities is a broader issue that awaits Part 2. For a more comprehensive, if eclectic, survey of "human scale" seek out the book by Kirkpatrick Sale.

ravenheart Mar 24, 2014

The narrator is terrible (monotone), but the film has some good points, and real world examples, if you can stay awake (haha). They give examples of essentially retrofitting modern cities, which were built with cars in mind, to have features that are much more friendly to pedestrian and bike traffic. To do this, many of the example cities have closed off streets in town/city centers so that cars are prohibited. They also often make sure there are dedicated bike paths criss-crossing the city to facilitate people biking rather than driving to help relieve congestion. The main guiding design principle is that building more and bigger roads, gives you more car traffic, while building areas for people to congregate, and move about on foot and bike, will give you a more pleasant social environment and less traffic congestion.

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