Public space quality is the backbone of a sustainable city. Great streets, places where you intuitively want to stay longer, human scale interaction between buildings and streets, ownership by users, placemaking and good plinths (active ground floors) and a people-centred approach based on the user’s experience – that is what The City at Eye Level is all about.
The City at Eye Level is a book, an open source learning network, and a program for improving cities, streets and places all over the world. The second edition was written by over 90 contributors, edited by Stipo and put together in partnership with UN Habitat, Future of Places, Gehl Architects, PPS Project for Public Spaces, the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of PUCRS – Porto Alegre, and Copenhagenize.
We turn streets, plazas and areas into places where people feel at home and want to stay (placemaking). We let buildings contribute to the quality of public space with their ground floors (plinths). With the communities, we set up strategies for cities, areas, streets and plazas. Our method combines use, design and organisation (software, hardware and orgware). We work on the level of the building, the street and the context. We are aimed at improving the city at eye level and at creating a public space with human scale, interaction and human experience.
With knowledge as a fundament, we help cities and their partners to develop strategies to create and improve their own great City at Eye Level. With our worldwide network of local partners, we:
- set up rules and strategies for new city development;
- help change existing streets and districts;
- set up place and plinth games to co-create with the local network;
- set up street coalitions and place management;
- give public lectures;
- and organize training programmes and master classes.