Jan Gehl is a founding partner of Gehl Architects - Urban Quality Consultants. He is the author of Life Between Buildings and Cities for People. He has received numerous awards for his work and is widely credited with creating and renewing urban spaces in cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Melbourne, New York City, London, and many others. Birgitte Bundesen Svarre holds an MA in modern culture from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD from the School of Architecture in Copenhagen. She is part of Gehl Institute, the division at Gehl Architects that works with research and communication of knowledge at workshops for city planners, politicians and others with interest in life in the cities - as well as suburbs, a topic she has specialised in. She is a guest lecturer at various universities.
"For decades, the public space, public life studies developed by
Jan Gehl and his team have been a great inspiration for
professionals, academics and city planners in all parts of the
world. Now their secret tools are available to everyone in How
to Study Public Life. It is just a matter now of getting out
there and putting them to use."
--Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University, Australia
"This important book is published at a time when the dynamics of urbanization dictate a better integration of urban activities, which Gehl has long shown how to achieve."
--Peter Bosselmann, Professor of Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley
"Applying the principles of public life studies at the City of Melbourne has proven to be an invaluable tool for making our city more livable. How to Study Public Life is an essential tool-oriented book for all those striving to create better cities for people."
--Rob Adams, Director of City Design, City of Melbourne