The Image of the city

Document Type: Book
Author: Kevin Lynch
Publisher:   MIT Press
First edition: 1960
ISBN: 0262620014
ISBN13: 9780262620017

The classic work on the evaluation of city form.What does the city’s form actually mean to the people who live there? What can the city planner do to make the city’s image more vivid and memorable to the city dweller? To answer these questions, Mr Lynch, supported by studies of Los Angeles, Boston, and Jersey City, formulates a new criterion — imageability — and shows its potential value as a guide for the building and rebuilding of cities. The wide scope of this study leads to an original and vital method for the evaluation of city form. The architect, the planner, and certainly the city dweller will all want to read this book.

  1. The Image of the city
    Legibility, building the image, structure and identity, Imageability.
  2. Three cities.
    Boston, Jersey City, Los Angeles, Common Themes
  3. The city Image and its elements.
    Paths, Edges, District, Nodes, Landmarks, Element interrelations, The Shifting image, Image quality
  4. City form
    Designing paths, designing other elements, Form qualities, The sense of the whole, Metropolitan form, The process of design.
  5. A New Scale 

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