Our three goals

Developing equitable, healthy & sustainable cities for all

At Gehl, we’re committed to actively creating the future we want to live in. We’re continually building upon our understanding of life, form, and shared urban systems, to deliver even greater impact on equity, health, and sustainability.

We want a future where people have control over their health and where inclusive neighborhoods and places are designed to make it easy for people to take meaningful climate action.

Equity

Equity

We design for equity by:

  • Making people visible through public life data and thereby enabling better strategies, planning, design, and decision making.
  • Connecting people to opportunities and programmed design solutions and homes that are affordable.
  • Ensuring accessibility, inclusion, upward social mobility, and diversity by engaging with people and co-creating urban strategies and design of new spaces and neighbourhoods.

Health

Health

We design for health & well-being by:

  • Meeting people’s basic human needs – like food, air quality, public space and other people – by continuing to develop our knowledge on behaviour, eye level experience and the built environment.
  • Enabling active lifestyles by designing accessible spaces and networks.
  • Promoting and designing for active mobility as the primary transport choice in combination with public transport.

Sustainability

Sustainability

We design for sustainability by:

  • Delivering Masterplanning Frameworks that offer high-density, mixed-use, urban neighborhoods that are livable, sociable, sustainable and adaptable.
  • Thinking holistically about mobility and making low-carbon mobility systems the easiest choice for all people.
  • Developing climate resilient solutions and increasing bio-diversity through public space design.
  • Enabling circularity at a city level and retrofitting of sub-urban and urban areas.

The global goals

Our commitment to health, climate action, and equity are aligned with the UNSDGs, especially goal 3 and 7 which are related to health and equity. Our work is focused on places, neighborhoods and cities encompassed by goal 11, and as a small but networked organization we work in partnership in alignment with goal 17.

UNSDG 3 & 10

We work for people, for making cities and communities for people. This is why equality and the health and well-being of people is central to our work as urban strategists, thought leaders and designers.

UNSDG 11, 12 & 13

We work in cities and communities globally. We work to make places more sustainable and resilient. We take climate action seriously and deliver innovation of the systems we share, be it mobility, food or streets by focusing on behavior change.

UNSDG 17

We are a highly networked organization and cannot make change happen at a quick enough pace on our own, and with a deep enough impact. We work with others in partnership. Above all, we work with our clients to make them able to meet the ambitious goals set out by the UN to enable a holistic and integrated approach to change.

Sustainable initiatives

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Every year we donate to initiatives that match our values and are close to our hearts. These are some of the organizations that we have contributed to over the years:

As a global consultancy, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by minimizing the number of flights we take and by carbon offsetting on the flights we do have to take, by providing an 80% vegetarian and organic food offer for communal lunches, and by actively monitoring and reducing our collective energy consumption and waste production

Our working approach

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 – then 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.