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The Human Scale: 50 % of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. THE HUMAN SCALE meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning. (83 minutes)

Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Cinematographers: Manuel Alberto Claro, Heikki Färm, Casper Høyberg, Adam Philp, René Strandbygaard
Editors: Soren B. Ebbe, Nicolas Servide
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen


Playing with CAPACITY:

CAPACITY –  the latest urban planning research led by Gensler Los Angeles

Presented by Gensler Los Angeles, the screening of “The Human Scale” will be preceded by CAPACITY, a short, student film exploring the  inter-relationships of Downtown LA’s infrastructure and urban planning systems.

What is the capacity of Los Angeles's resources to serve a larger population? As with any city, Los Angeles’ infrastructure exists as both physical and operational systems. Many of these systems remain an enigma, unimaginable and seldom envisioned at their maximum capacity, while others, such as Los Angeles notorious automotive thoroughfares are easily imagined, if not an everyday reality for many Angelenos. CAPACITY pinpoints the constraints of Downtown LA’s infrastructure and how the limits of each system may physically impact its future built form.  By dissecting the maximum population capacity Downtown Los Angeles can sustain, CAPACITY engages debate and exploration on the allocation of urban resources to produce a better future.   Gensler Los Angeles produced the study with undergraduate architecture students Haley Coughlin, Derek McFarland and Katherine Quach as part of Gensler’s annual academic studio at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Directors: Haley Coughlin, Derek McFarland and Katherine QuachExecutive Producers:  Li Wen, Shawn Gehle, with Marc Cucco and Kristen George


The award-winning Downtown Film Festival L.A., now in its 5th year, will be held this year July 10-20 at the Downtown Independent Theater, the AT&T Center Theater, The Grammy Museum Clive Davis Theater, and alternative venues throughout downtown.

This year’s festival will screen more than 100 films — features, documentaries and shorts — from local, national and international filmmakers. The festival will showcase Los Angeles premieres from other leading festivals including Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW and Tribeca. Winners from the festival’s international digital shorts competition will be presented at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art during the July 11th Downtown L.A. Art Walk. A special showcase of 3-D short films from France will screen on Sunday, July 14th.

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Event Location


Downtown Independent Theater

251 S Main Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

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Jan Gehl / Rob Adams / He Dongquan