50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it will be 80%. Cities have become the primary human habitat. According to revolutionary Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, if we are to make cities sustainable and livable for people we must re-imagine the very foundations of modern urban planning. Rather than examining buildings and urban structures themselves, Gehl and his team meticulously study the in-between spaces of urban life, the places where people meet, interact, live, and behave.
Prior to the screening, Deborah Ryan, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, will present opening remarks.
Due to a private event being held in the Bechtler lobby, the event reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites will begin at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Wells Fargo auditorium at the Knight Theater (430 S. Tryon St., directly behind the Bechtler Museum. Please enter through the Knight Theater doors), followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium.