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How to Study Public Life Hardcover – Oct 15 2013
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About the Author
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 specialized within. She is a guest lecturer at various universities.
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The book is clearly intended as a very easy read, with many highly effective diagrams and photographs, making it accessible to everyone. While focused on observation methods, it also introduces some basic urban design concepts and provides a good guidance to the broader literature in the field. For those that are already familiar with the topic, there won't be many surprises as much of the content is recycled from earlier publications, but it can be still useful as it compiles a broad range of research methods together in a new format. After Gehl's 1987 classic Life Between Buildings, this is probably the most interesting book he published.
The book is fitted for professional city planners and enthusiast alike, since it provides simple tools and techniques to work on community building.
I very much enjoyed this book.