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#ForewordFriday: Building Density for Everyday 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.