David Sim - photo credit Stamers Kantor | An Island Press author

David Sim

Architect David Sim is partner and creative director at Gehl, where he has worked for more than 15 years. He has developed citizen-engagement tools and a people-first approach to planning and flexible frameworks for development. David is an accomplished educator, teaching all over the world. He spent seven years at Lund University reforming architectural education towards a more holistic approach.

He has worked on numerous plans, from transit areas in Tokyo to an urban planning framework for city recovery in Christchurch, New Zealand after the 2011 earthquake, and is currently working on a master plan for St Saveur, a new part of Lille in France.

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#ForewordFriday: Building Density for Everyday Life

In Soft City David Sim, partner and creative director at Gehl, shows how cities with well-designed density can result in a higher quality of life.

Imagine a city where you can sleep with an open window and where walkability starts at your apartment door. The soft city is about ease and comfort, where density has a human dimension, adapting to our ever-changing needs, nurturing relationships, and accommodating the pleasures of everyday life.

In Soft City David Sim, partner and creative director at Gehl, shows how cities with well-designed density can result in a higher quality of life. He draws from his vast design experience to make a case for a dense and diverse built environment at a human scale, which he presents through a series of observations of older and newer places, and a range of simple built phenomena, some traditional and some totally new inventions.

Want to learn more about the soft city approach and what inspired it? Read the book's foreword by Jan Gehl and the introduction below.