People-Centred Planning: The Human Scale

Written by Denise Deby.

Copenhagen Square photo from The Human Scale
Copenhagen Square photo from The Human Scale

Several organizations and individuals in Ottawa have come together to form the Healthy Transportation Coalition. They’re combining their efforts to bring about improvements in policies and infrastructure for healthy, sustainable and accessible transportation.

Coalition members are sponsoring a screening of The Human Scale at the ByTowne Cinema on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

The Human Scale is a Danish documentary focusing on cities that encourage people to interact with each other. It’s based on the ideas of architect Jan Gehl about people-centred planning and inclusion.

From the film synopsis:

…What is a good city? Is it made of highways, gated communities and highrise structures? Or is it made of bikeways, parks and walking streets? Can architecture meet our human needs in the face of future challenges?”

After the film, there will be a panel discussion about what’s happening in Ottawa. Speakers are Catherine McKenney, Somerset Ward city councillor; Alain Miguelez, City of Ottawa planner; David Sweanor, law professor and active transportation advocate; and Inge Roosendaal, Ottawa Public Health program development officer.

The event runs 6-8:45 p.m. and is free, thanks to support from the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, Action Sandy Hill, the Healthy Transportation Coalition, EnviroCentre, Ecology Ottawa, Sustainable Living Ottawa East, Ottawa East Community Association, Lowertown Community Association, RightBike, Green Communities Canada – Active & Safe Routes to School, and Citizens Academy.

See for more information about the event, as well as the Healthy Transportation Coalition and its work.

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