“A good city is like a good party – people stay much longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves”
So what is a Good City?
Jan Gehl describes types of activities that happen in cities in his excellent study of Adelaide:
- Necessary Activities (Things we have to do)
- Optional Activities (Things we want to do)
- Social Activities (Interacting with others)
A Good City makes Necessary Activities enjoyable, and makes it as easy and pleasant as possible to do both Optional and Social Activities.
Come back next week and I’ll describe how Jan Gehl suggests the transformation to a good city can happen.
What do you think of Jan Gehl’s ideas?