The Human Scale

Andreas Dalsgaard

Denmark, 2012 / 83 min / English OV with English subtitles / Documentary

In collaboration with Archiduc

Making cities work for people.

Half of the world's population currently lives in urban areas – but how will life be if this figure drastically increases over the next few years? How will cities have to be built to cater for the needs of people? Filmmaker Andreas M. Dalsgaard takes us on a journey across the globe, from Copenhagen to Melbourne, Chongqing to Christchurch, on the trail of Danish architect Jan Gehl, a visionary design consultant relentlessly fighting to re-orientate 20th century car-centred urban planning towards man and his quality of life. It doesn’t matter if it’s New York's financial district or the slums of Dhaka, the central questions remain the same: Can a city make us happy? What makes a good city? “The Human Scale” meets international urban planners, architects and other thinkers exploring these very questions. (Zurich Film Festival)

Tue 07/03 21:15 Ciné Utopia EN OV with EN SUBT Public

“Andreas M. Dalsgaard's excellent urban-planning documentary should enthuse pedestrians, bike riders and public-space proponents everywhere.” Ronnie Scheib, Variety, 20/10/2013


“The talk is not of futuristic utopias, however, but of brick-and-mortar ways to create environments according to the creed of the film’s title. If the result sometimes feels like a sedate lecture, the global journey strongly enlivens the lesson; it’s fascinating how alike and how different cities can be, and more fascinating to imagine what they may become.” David Dewitt, The New York Times, 17/10/2013

  • Child and Family Award for Long Film - Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, 2013 (Qatar)
  • Green Cross Award - Planete Doc Film Festival, 2013 (Poland)
  • Best Feature Documentary - Kinookus, 2013 (Croatia)
  • Youth Award - Bergen International Film Festival, 2013 (Norway)
Cast & Credits
Jan Gehl, Rob Adams, Robert Doyle, Lars Gemzøe, Mark Gorton, Iqbal Habib, Dongquan He, Akm Abul Kalam, Abu Naser Khan, Hugh Nicholson, Bob Parker
Andreas Dalsgaard
Manuel Alberto Claro, Heikki Färm, Casper Høyberg, Adam Philp, René Strandbygaard
Lars Rasmussen
Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Final Cut for Real
Remain In Light

Born in 1980 in Denmark, Andreas Dalsgaard has a BA in anthropology and a degree in visual anthropology. He graduated from the National Film School of Denmark as a fiction film director in 2009 but he had made his directorial debut a few years before with the documentary "Afghan Muscles" (2007), winner of the Best Director prize at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles. His film “The War Show” on a Syrian DJ earned him the Fedeora prize at the Venice Film festival in 2016.

  • 2016 - The War Show (documentary)
  • 2014 - Life is Sacred (documentary)
  • 2014 - Redane (short)
  • 2012 - The Human Scale (documentary)
  • 2012 - Traveling with Mr. T. (documentary)
  • 2009 - Cities on Speed: Bogota Change (documentary)
  • 2009 - Copenhagen (documentary)
  • 2006 - Afghan Muscles (documentary)