Marquee Theater, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St.

50 % of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. THE HUMAN SCALE is a visually stunning examination of modern urban development, exploring what happens when we put people at the center of urban planning.

View a trailer of THE HUMAN SCALE here.

Co-sponsored by 1000 Friends of Wisconsin and the Capital Area Planning Conference

Following the film, join Katherine Cornwell (Director, Planning Division, City of Madison) and Kate Stalker (Madison Project Director, Center for Resilient Cities) for a discussion of the challenges posed by urban development in Madison.

SOCIAL CINEMA explores important contemporary social topics from critical perspectives. Each screening is followed by a discussion of the issues explored in the film.  The series is free and open to all.  

The 2013 Social Cinema Film Series is made possible by a grant from the Evjue Foundation and is supported by the Edgewood College COR Program.  The series is organized by the UW-Madison Havens Center in collaboration with the Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee. For a full list of the films in this series, visit