“Growing urbanization and the surprising lack of tools for municipal leaders means the Institute is well placed and timed. We will be promoting a new discipline within the fields of urban design, architecture, and city governance that will address some of the most burning issues facing cities today,” said Jeff Risom, who will head up the Institute. “There is remarkably little knowledge about how the design of public space can invite city life that promotes economic integration and civic engagement. We relish the opportunity to help fill that gap.”
The Gehl Institute officially launched today, with $1.6 million in backing from the , Knight Foundation. The Institute, an offshoot of , San Francisco-based urban design firm Gehl Studio, will help create public spaces that draw in people and boost economic opportunity of the surrounding area in Knight communities (cities and towns where the foundation, which also provides funding support to Next City, focuses funding).