Most of the criteria for assessing a space’s quality – Gehl cites 12, including protection against unpleasant sensory experiences and invitations for visual contact – come from the human body and the human senses: “How we move, how our senses work, why homo sapiens like to stay in the corner where you can see the whole space.” There might be differences around the world, he concedes, but there are many more similarities “based on the species we are”.

Jan Gehl’s livable cities (Guardian)

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