The Human Scale

Denmark | 2012 | 83 minutes | Andreas M. Dalsgaard

Danish architect Jan Gehl examines the true cost of the “megacity”—gleaming and highly populated urban sprawls he believes have pushed us further and further away from honest human interaction.

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How do you go from perfect isolation to a meeting of perfect strangers? The Human Scale is inspired by the work of Jan Gehl and Gehl Architects, the urban design consulting firm he co-founded. Gehl documented his systematic observation of human behavior in cities in the 1960s and became one of the foremost advocates for designing cities centered around—you guessed it—people. Humans are social creatures, yet the majority of our biggest cities isolate and compartmentalize personal experiences. So the modernists had left a legacy of tightly packed high-rises and vast networks of roads planned around the automobile. But what happens when you can no longer fit all the cars and living units in places that have already lost the warmth and intimacy of human interaction? Gehl and like-minded experts in high-growth cities around the world are looking to the transformation of Copenhagen as a model of a more sustainable and pedestrian-friendly vision of urban planning. Director Andreas M. Dalsgaard's exploration of what happens, and can happen, when communities are invited to enjoy the spaces between buildings is simultaneously beautiful, thought-provoking, and haunting. The Human Scale looks beyond the magnificent cityscapes to see the difference between people shaped by development and efficiency with cities shaped by people's needs.

Director Biography
Andreas Dalsgaard holds degrees in film and social anthropology and is interested in human interaction in society. His first film, Afghan Muscles, won Best Documentary at the 2007 AFI Fest, and he has since directed three other documentaries: Cities on Speed—Botega Change, Travelling with Mr. T, and this year’s The Human Scale.

Sponsored in part by The Art Institute of Seattle

Director: Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Principal Cast: Jan Gehl, Rob Adams, He Dongquan, Robert Doyle, Lars Gemzoe
Country: Denmark
Year: 2012
Running Time: 83 minutes
Producer: Andreas M. Dalsgaard, Monica Hellstrom, Maria Kristensen, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Screenplay: Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Cinematographers: Manuel Alberto Claro, Heikki Farm, Casper Hoyberg
Editors: Soren B. Ebbe, Nicolas Servide
Music: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Filmography: Traveling with Mr. T. (2012); Cities on Speed: Bogota Change (2009); Afghan Muscles (2006)
Language: English, Danish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: KimStim
International Sales: Autlook Filmsales
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