First life, then space, then buildings (Dutch version)

A manual inspired by the core motto of Jan Gehl



Process Step

One of the crucial first steps that we at STIPO often take is as Jan Gehl says: “first life, then space, then buildings”. So we think about life first. Then we translate that into the public space. And only then will we shape the building blocks and buildings. Unfortunately, in practice, the opposite often happens: we plan all the buildings, the space that remains between them we call public space, and then there is little life to find there. This is not the case in all areas, but in many. A good social quality and a good quality of public space in the area will be achieved if this is managed properly.

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