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FILM + DISCUSSION

THE E-SERIES is a year long film and discussion initiative designed to stimulate conversations about four issues that are particularly relevant to the Birmingham metro area today

  • Economics (January-March)
  • Environment (April-June)
  • Equality (July-September)
  • Education (October-December)

Monday, April 14- The Human Scale

Doors at 5:00pm

Film at 6:00pm with panel immediately following

Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Students are always $5

The Human Scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our equations. For 40 years the Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities. His starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings – in what he called Life Between Buildings. What made it exist? When was it destroyed? How could it be brought back? This lead to studies of how human beings use the streets, how they walk, see, rest, meet, interact etc. Jan Gehl also uses statistics, but the questions he asks are different. For instance: How many people pass this street throughout a 24 hour period? How many percent of those are pedestrians? How many are driving cars or bikes? How much of the street space are the various groups allowed to use? Is this street performing well for all its users? Jan Gehl made his first studies in Italy and later he inspired the planning of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, for 40 years. His ideas inspired the creation of walking streets, the building and improvements of bike paths and the reorganization of parks, squares and other public spaces throughout this city and in many other cities in the Nordic region. Around the world cities like Melbourne, Dhaka, New York, Chongqing and Christchurch are now also being inspired by Gehl’s work and by the developments in Copenhagen.
If you are shy about the mic, you can submit a question in advance here.

Tuesday, May 13- Fall and Winter

Doors at 5:00pm

“How City Planning Impacts Our Environment” Panel discussion to follow, moderated by Mark Kelly, publisher of WELD. Panelists include Ben Wieseman from KPS Group, Keith Johnson, Managing Attorney, Birmingham Office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, Henry Ikwut-Ukwa, PhD, PE Manager Planning & Development at Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority.

Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Students are always $5

Tuesday, June 10- Vanishing Pearls

Doors at 5:00pm

Film at 6:00pm with panel immediately following

Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Students are always $5