Two new films have some interesting contrasts, and similarities. They both address built form and the public realm. Featuring architect and urban designer Jan Gehl, who for 40 years has systematically studied human behaviour in cities, the Andreas Dalsgaard film ‘The Human Scale’ questions assumptions about modernity, and explores what happens when we put people at the centre of our city design and development. Jan’s starting point is an interest in people more than buildings, ‘life between buildings’. It includes interviews/comments from a range of people across the world, including Rob Adams from Melbourne City Council. The film is currently showing at ACMI in Melbourne and other places.
To celebrate 30 years of the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Architecture Awards, ‘Drawn Here – Architecture of the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers’ offers a portfolio of ideas and opinions on the changing face of the architecture, urban design and development in this region. It is a small taste of this place, seen through the eyes of some prominent architects who were drawn here for the relaxed lifestyle, the beauty and the opportunity to build something different. It has been produced by the Australian Institute of Architects and includes interview/comments from a range of people, including Queensland architect and urban designer Philip Follent. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEEvMTmtxb0&feature=youtu.be