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.

How We Can Design for Soft Cities

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 6:00pm PDT
SPUR Urban Center
654 Mission Street
San Franciwco, CA 94105-4015
United States

A "soft city" is a human-centered city — one that adapts to the needs of its residents and visitors in order to accommodate the pleasures of everyday life. However, this dream is clearly not the reality in most places around the world. What does...

A "soft city" is a human-centered city — one that adapts to the needs of its residents and visitors in order to accommodate the pleasures of everyday life. However, this dream is clearly not the reality in most places around the world. What does it take to get from the long commutes and dysfunctional urban environments that we currently experience to these ideal cities? The new book, Soft City, makes a case for density and diversity at the human scale, presented through historical case studies as well as new innovations. Join us for a talk with its author, Gehl creative director David Sim, followed by a panel discussion about the steps we need to take to achieve happiness in the places in which we live, work and play.

  • David Sim / Gehl Architects
  • Benjamin Grant / SPUR
  • Harrison Tucker / CoHab
  • Karen Parolek / Opticos Design

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