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3 days of activities and events oriented toward the Eastside’s transformation — October 31-November 2, 2016

Through the Gehl Lens: Planning for People

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Who should attend:

Professionals in city planning, transportation planning, community development, public space enhancement, cycling infrastructure, policy, real estate, development, housing, chambers of commerce, commercial sector, and civic leadership.

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Monday, 10/31

  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am – Presentation by Jeff Risom/Gehl on “Public Spaces/Public Life” at Bellevue City Hall. (Everyone is welcome to attend for free)

  • 11:00 am to 2:30 pm – Discussion and site visit regarding the Grand Connection (For invitees and sponsors only)

Tuesday, 11/1

  • 9:30 am to 2:00 pm – Discussion and site visit regarding Wilburton/Eastside Rail Corridor (For invitees and sponsors only)

  • 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Quantitative and Qualitative Public Space Analysis (For invitees and sponsors only)

  • 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Tactical urbanism project: “Enlivening Wilburton: Trailside Café”

Tactical urbanism projects are temporary actions that can inform and inspire larger transformations in the urban environment. Come envision how you can enliven the rail corridor! This event is free and open to all, but space is limited. Please register at

Wednesday 11/2

  • 9:00 am to 2pm, Bellevue, WA (location will be provided to registrants)

  • 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Wrap up of the three days of events


An experiential seminar followed by webinars. The event will take place in the classroom and in the field at various locations. It will be followed up by two webinars led by Jeff from Copenhagen. (Fee: $325)

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In June 2016, I-SUSTAIN led a delegation from Bellevue on a research delegation to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmö, Sweden, with members of Bellevue City Council, senior staff from the transportation and planning departments and Cascade Bicycle Club among others. Focus areas included mobility, public spaces, economic growth and competitiveness, clean energy infrastructure and affordability.

The delegation met with experts from Gehl at their Copenhagen headquarters. Gehl is a global leader in people-centric design focusing on how the built environment connects to people’s quality of life. They have been researching quality of life in public space, around the world, for over 40 years and have worked in over 50 countries and 250 cities.

From Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2016, the momentum generated by the delegation continues through a series of Bellevue site visits, workshops and a seminar conducted by Jeff Risom, Managing Director of Gehl in the US. All events will take place in Bellevue.



About Gehl Architects

Gehl is an urban design and research consultancy offering expertise in the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and city planning. They address global trends with a people-focused approach, utilizing empirical analysis to understand how the built environment can promote well-being. We apply this analysis to strategic planning and human-centered design to empower citizens, decision-makers, company leaders, and organizations.



About Jeff Risom

Jeff leads the San Francisco and New York based teams. In his time at Gehl, Jeff has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organizations in Europe, the USA, Latin America,India and China. Jeff’s background and design experience provides him with a unique insight into the technical, as well as social aspects of urban design.

Jeff is an active teacher and lecturer, speaking at conferences around the world and is guest lecturer at Harvard GSD, U. Penn, London School of Economics,the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art and DIS.




Since 2004, I-SUSTAIN has taken public and private sector built environment professionals throughout the world to experience best practices. Over 30 delegations from Seattle and Portland have gone to Denmark and Sweden because Scandinavian cities are quite analogous to those in the Pacific Northwest and many of the policies and practices apply. Scandinavia tends to be ahead in the areas of mobility, public spaces, renewable and sustainable energy, the use of smart technologies, and the global marketing of themselves as world leaders in sustainable development.

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