IMAGINE is a SPACE10 podcast exploring the brave new world of shared living. It begins by asking how we can design the spaces we inhabit to improve our well-being. The story starts in Copenhagen, where SPACE10 is based, with Jan Gehl—the pioneering Danish urban planner who showed how we can transform our quality of life by changing our cities.
Gehl’s influential writings include the observation that it is inherently human to want to be around other people, that being in the presence of other people is highly interesting, and we should build our cities accordingly — at the “human scale”. He has since worked with cities across the planet to improve their quality of urban life by orienting urban design towards people. And with the United Nations predicting that cities will swell by some 2.5 billion people by 2050, making them more crowded than ever, it’s imperative that tomorrow’s cities are developed and designed to be as liveable as possible — making Gehl’s observations more timely than ever.