One of the most difficult tasks of Danish urbanist Jan Gehl during his professional career will be to cultivate and calm down the north-south backbone road in Prague.
Gehl has given advice to cities all over the world. Copenhagen, London, Moscow, New York, Oslo and Vienna have used his services to improve their public areas.
In Prague, he is to solve problems with the busy north-south motorway, running through the centre.
“We expect him to be able to translate ideas into reality,” said architect Pavla Melkova, from Prague’s Institute of Planning and Development.
Gehl won fame as a young architect in the early 1960s when he closed the Stroget 1.1-km-long Danish street to cars. It became the world’s longest pedestrian zone.