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Wednesday, February 8 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm

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Session Title: Designing for Social Interaction 

Public life takes place in the space between destinations. It’s here we go for a jog, or run into friends. This is where we build our collective identity by encountering the differences and similarities of strangers. It’s where we meet our community and the world. It’s also where innovation happens. Innovation is about connecting unlikely dots. Whether it’s a chance meeting with a colleague or an energizing break from the routine, the interactions provided by life outside the office power what we do when we get back to our desks. Cities and campuses can be designed to foster or discourage this meeting of the minds. In this session, we’ll look at how Gehl’s data-driven approach puts interactions between people at the center of the design process, how human-scale design can help to attract and retain talent, and the qualities of environments that stimulate collaboration, creative serendipity, and delight, places that nurture the whole person.

Special Instructions for Attendees from the Host Company: Please use the intercom at the front gate, and we will buzz you in. Gehl's offices are on the top (4th) floor. 

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Blaine Merker

Director, Gehl
Director at Gehl Founder, Rebar and Park(ing) Day Urbanist Maker Linking city design + climate action + social justice + the good life. @blainemerker

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Gehl is an urban design and research consultancy offering expertise in the fields of architecture, urban design, urban strategy, landscape architecture and city planning. We address urban design with a people-focused approach, utilizing empirical analysis to understand how the built... Read More →

Wednesday February 8, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST