Our Approach

Our Approach

Our working approach lives at the intersection of social science and architecture…

At Gehl, we focus on working with our clients to create mutually beneficial relationships between people’s quality of life and their built environment.

Gehl is an urban design and research consultancy offering expertise in the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and city planning. We address global trends with a people-focused approach, utilizing empirical analysis to understand how the built environment can promote well-being. We apply this analysis to strategic planning and human-centered design to empower citizens, decision-makers, company leaders, and organizations.

The study of people’s well-being lays the foundation for our strategic planning and design. Our approach is iterative and holistic, but begins with life – activities, user groups, and behavior patterns - before we shape public space and streets to invite for this public life to flourish. It is these characteristics that then inform the design for buildings and infrastructure.

Our focus is creating
cities for people.

People are the starting point in our work.
Their scale, senses, movements, interests, behavior, and
engagement in their surroundings.

Observation & analysis help
us understand public life

Throughout our projects, we spend time counting, measuring, and analyzing the spaces that we are working to improve.
Thereby recording the ‘life’ that occurs in our study areas, as well as the qualities of the surrounding ‘space’.

Our work is beneficial for all.

We take our clients through a process and work closely with them to build a team of collaborators, grow partnership and trust, change perspectives, invite for broader, long-term thinking, test ideas via pilots, all while engaging the users of the city.

Because we take the time to understand people’s use of public space, we can make more qualified decisions about how to make cities for people, with our clients. Thereby creating outcomes which are beneficial for everyone, from car drivers to pedestrians, so that our cities and quality of life get increasingly better over time.