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The Human Scale

mN movieNight

18th February, 2014

Like proud pushy parents, we’re thrilled to announce that the first ‘mN movieNight’ will be taking place on Wednesday 19th March. It will be the first in a series of screenings of films and documentaries selected by the mN team that will be hosted at venues across Manchester. The inaugural one, taking place at The Cornerhouse, will be a screening of the ’The Human Scale’ – a fascinating film that looks at the way in which we live in urban areas.

‘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 climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behaviour in cities through 40 years. The Human Scale documents 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 was selected by Ray; head of our Cities team – as a film that he feels reflects mN’s focus on ‘digital cities’ as a core specialism. He’ll be saying a few words at the beginning of the screening about why it was his pick.   

For the first movieNight event we’ve decided to just invite mN’s ‘nearest and dearest’ (i.e. people on our Christmas card list) but will absolutely be opening up the invitation list and ticketing to a wider audience for future events. In fact, for those of you who really want to come to the screening we’ll be giving away a few sets of tickets on our Twitter feed over the next few weeks.