Background and aims
Oslo’s population is projected to grow by 30% over the next 15 years from its current 600,000 to around 800,000. With this growth comes development opportunities as well as some challenges. As Oslo grows its goals are to increase activity, urban life and safety perceptions and ultimately improve cultural activity and business returns.
To help achieve Oslo’s goals Gehl Architects, in collaboration with the Secretariat for Living Oslo, completed Oslo’s third Public Space Public Life (PSPL) survey from 2012-2014 which they then used to inform a Strategic Plan to guide future development of the city. The first PSPL survey was completed by Jan Gehl in 1987. The 2014 survey took a fresh look at the city centre, documenting city life and the quality of the public space in downtown Oslo through mapping how people move, where they spend money and how they experience various parts of the city center via comprehensive pedestrian counts, observations and face to face on street surveys.