Architects Need Public Space Training

Jan Gehl, founding partner at Gehl Architects, told the Royal Institute of British Architects' annual research symposium last month that architects and planners need to know how to study public spaces if they are going to make cities that are more people-friendly. This builds on the themes in his latest book, How to Study Public Life.
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12/19/2013 1:02:55 PM
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Re: Architect Training
so the teaching of architecture should be evolving as well, right? I'm concerned that this isn't happening,

Yes Nicole, Thats exactly what even I thought of initialy. I could not agree more with it. There is a huge gap between what is taught in colleges and whats happening in the field. Perhaps this is the reason why many students face a lot of problems while working on the mandatory project/field work, in their final semesters of the professional courses. Varsities need to have look in here soon.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/18/2013 6:27:59 PM
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Re: Architect Training
Venks: I do think you're correct about the evolution of architecture; however, there have always been those forward-looking individuals (like Jane Jacobs and Jan Gehl) who saw the need to worry about the world surrounding the building, in addition to the building itself.

That said, yes, architecture has evolved -- so the teaching of architecture should be evolving as well, right? I'm concerned that this isn't happening, at least not to the degree it needs to be.

12/18/2013 12:58:19 PM
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Re: Architect Training
But architects, and anyone working in cities, need to look out and see the full picture in order to truly create something beneficial.

Nicole, Thanks for bringing up this very important point in discussion. Yes, its very important for Architects of todays time to think futuristically as the building they build today will last for may be atleast 20-30 years. And hence the importance of this fact becomes much more significant.

I also at the same time, think that, architecture has evolved dramatically over the last few years if you observe carefully. Given the fact that importance is much more emphasized these days on maximum utilization of renewable resources like light, wind etc into the architecture of building.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/16/2013 10:43:21 AM
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Re: Architect Training
Great to hear Jan Gehl voice his concerns about architecture taking place in a vacuum, with little concern for the overall environment and how it affects citizens. He expressed this a few times recently, it seems.

I hope the world's architects are listening closely.

12/16/2013 9:45:16 AM
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Re: Architect Training
Tina Saaby, Copenhagen's chief architect, had some interesting thoughts on the need for collaboration and ways to achieve it in this blog I wrote from the same event. Worth a read if you haven't already, kq4ym, though I know you're very diligent!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/13/2013 2:39:15 PM
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Re: Architect Training
I'm with you here, kq4ym. But I think we can apply this trend across the board. When it comes to building and supporting cities, more and more we're seeing how different fields and functions are interconnected and cannot operate in a vacuum. Architects are still looking through tunnel vision, it seems, and only seeing the building itself as their responsibility. But architects, and anyone working in cities, need to look out and see the full picture in order to truly create something beneficial.

12/13/2013 2:22:56 PM
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Architect Training
I was a bit surprised to hear that apparently architects are not receiving adequate training in public spaces. Of course, planners and landscape architects might traditionally have been better equiped in that area. It would only make sense to provide quidance for architects as well especially for those planning to work in urban environments.

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