The Image of the city by Kevin Lynch

The Image of the city by Kevin Lynch

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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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction

Document Type: Book
Series: Center for environmental structure series (Volume 2)
Author: Christopher Alexander;
Sara Ishikawa; Murray Silverstein;
Max Jacobson; Ingrid Fiksdahl-King
Shlomo Angel.
Publisher:  New York: Oxford University Press
First edition: 1979
ISBN: 0195019199
ISBN13: 9780195019193

 

 

 

“At the core of the book is the point that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ‘languages’, which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherence. This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable a person to make a design for almost any kind of building, or any part of the built environment. ‘Patterns’, the units of this language, are answers to design problems (How high should a window sill be? How many stories should a building have? How much space in a neighbourhood should be devoted to grass and trees?). More than 250 of the patterns in this pattern language are given: each consists of a problem statement, a discussion of the problem with an illustration, and a solution. As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patterns are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seems likely that they will be a part of human nature, and human action, as much in five hundred years as they are today”

 

 

1. Using this book

  • A Pattern language
  • Summary of the language
  • The poetry of the language

2. Patterns for the towns

Independent region; Distribution of towns; City country fringes; Agricultural value; Lack of country streets; Country towns; The countryside; Mosaic of subculture; Scattered work; Magic of the city; Scattered work; Magic of the city; Local transport areas;  Community of 7000; Subculture boundary; Identifiable neighbourhood; Neighbourhood boundary; Web of public transportation; Ring roads; Networking of learning; Web of shopping; Mini-buses; Four-story limit; Nine percent parking; Parallel roads sacred sites; Acess to water; Lifecycle; Men and women; Eccentric Nucleus; Desnity rings; Activity Nodes; Promenade; Shopping streets; Nightlife; Interchange; Household Mix; Degree of publicness; House cluster; Row houses; Housing hill; Old people everywhere; Work community; Industrial ribbon; University as a marketplace; Local town hall; Necklace of community projects; Markets of Many shops; Health center; Housing in between; Looped local roads; T junctions; Green streets; Networks of paths and cars; Main gateways; Road crossing; Raised walk; Bike paths and racks; Children in the city; Carnival; Quiet backs; Accessible green; Small public squares; High Places; Holy Grounds; Common lands; Connected play; Public outdoor room; Grave sites; Still water; Local sports; Adventure playground; Animals; The family; House for a small family; House for a couple; House for a one person; Your own home; Self-governing workshops and offices; Teenage society; Shopfront; Children’s home; Induiviallly owned home; Street cafe; Corner grocery; Beer hall; Traveler’s Inn; Bus stop; Food stands; Sleeping in public.

3. Patterns for the buildings

Building complex; Numbers of stories; Shielded parking; Circulation realms; Main buildings; Pedestrian street; Building thoroughfare; Family of entrances; Small parking lots; Site repair; South facing outdoors; Postive outdoor space; Wings of light; Connected buildings; Long thin house; Main entrance; Half-hidden garden; Entrance transition; Car Connection; Hierarchy of open space; Courtyards which live; Cascade of roofs; Sheltering roof; Roof garden; Arcades; Path and goals; Path shape; Building fronts; Pedestrian density; Activity pockets; Stair seats; Something roughly in the middle; Intimacy gradient; Indoor sunlight; Common areas at the heart; Entrance room; The flow through rooms; Short passages; Staircase as a stage; Zen view; Tapestry of light and dark; Couple’s Realm; Children’s Realm; Sleeping to the east; Farmhouse kitchen; Private terrace on the street; A room of one’s town; Sequences of sitting spaces; Bed cluster; Bathing room; Bulk storage; Flexible office space; Communal eating; Small work groups; Reception welcomes you; A place to wait; Small meeting rooms; Half private offices; Rooms to rent; Teenager’s cottage; Old age cottage; Settled works; Home workshop; Open stairs; Light on two sides of every room; Building edge; Sunny place; North face; Outdoor room; Street windows; Opening to the street; Gallery surround; Six-foot balcony; Connections to the earth;  Terraced slope; Fruit trees; Tree places; Garden growing wild; Garden wall; Trellised walk; Greenhouse; Garden seat; Vegetable garden; Compost; Alcoves; Window place; The fire; Eating atmosphere; Workspace enclosure; Cooking layout; Sitting circle; Communal sleeping; Marriage bed; Bed alcoves; Dressing room; Ceiling height variety; The shape of indoor space; Windows overlooking life; Half-open wall; Interior windows; Staircase volume; Corner doors; Thick walls; Closets between rooms; Sunny counter; Open shelves; Waist-high shelf; Built-in seats; Child caves; Secret place.

4. Patterns for the construction

Structure follows social spaces; Efficient structure; Good materials; Gradual stiffening; Roof layout; Floor and ceiling layouts; Thickening the outer walls; Columns at the corners; Final column distributions; Root foundations; Ground floor slab; Box columns; Perimeter beams; Wall membranes; Floor-ceiling vaults; Natural doors and windows; Low sill; Deep reveals; Low doorway; Framed as thickened edges; Column place; Column connection; Stair vault; Duct space; Radiant heat; Dormer windows; Roof caps; Floor surface; Lapped outside walls; Soft inside walls; Windows which open wide; Solid doors with glass; Filtered light; Small panes; Half-inch trim; Seat spots; Front door bench; Sitting wall; Canvas roofs; Raised flowers; Climbing plants; Paving with cracks between stones; Soft tile and bricks; Ornament; Warm colors; Different chairs; Pools of light; Things from your life.

 

 

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Health, Sustainability and the Built Environment by David Alan Kopec

Health, Sustainability and the Built Environment by David Alan Kopec

Health, Sustainability and the Built Environment

Document Type: Book
Author: Kopec, David Alan.
Publisher:  Fairchild Books
First edition: 2008
ISBN: 1563675250
ISBN13: 9781563675256

With the emergence of sick building syndrome in the 1970s and the emphasis on LEED standards today, interior designers are interested in the topics of health and sustainability. Health, Sustainability, and the Built Environment examine the concept of sustainability as it pertains to sustaining human health. By analyzing the many ways that humans interact with the built environment, the text teaches students how to identify both the positive and negative effects that their designs can have on the health of the occupants

Part I: Introduction to Environmental Health
Chapter 1: Environmental Health and Sustainability
Chapter 2: Overview of Human Body Systems
Chapter 3: Common Environmentally Related Diseases

Part II: The Built Environment and Health Threats
Chapter 4: Common Contaminants
Chapter 5: Indoor Climate
Chapter 6: Energy Systems

Part III: Creating Healthy Environments 
Chapter 7: Ergonomics
Chapter 8: Creating Healthy Environments for Specific Populations
Chapter 9: Safety Considerations
Chapter 10: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

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Environmental psychology for design by David Alan Kopec

Environmental psychology for design by David Alan Kopec

Environmental psychology for design

Document Type: Book
Author: Kopec, David Alan.
Publisher:  New York: Fairchild; London: Troika distributor
First edition: 2006
ISBN: 1609011414
ISBN13: 9781609011413

 

Dr Kopec provides a good introduction to environmental psychology in this book, especially for those who do not have a psychology background.Awarded the 2006 ASID Joel Polsky Prize, the first edition served as an introduction to the discipline of environmental psychology and inspired readers to embrace its key concepts and incorporate them into their practice.  The second edition explores the questions such as ‘How does a room affect an occupant’s behaviour and well-being?’ ‘How does a building influence its residents’ health?’ with an in-depth look at psychosocial responses to the built environment. This 2nd edition continues to analyze the interaction between environments and human behaviour and well-being while exploring how individual differences related to age, gender, and cultural background impact that interaction. The book provides many proactive initiatives designed to minimize stress and maximize user satisfaction, helping readers to create more comfortable spaces that will both satisfy the needs of the intended occupants and expand the scope of design.

 

  1. An Introduction to Environmental Psychology
  2. Foundational Theories of Environmental Psychology
  3. Psychobiology and Behavior
  4. Sensation and Perception
  5. The Human Condition
  6. Information Management
  7. Infants, Toddlers, and Childhood
  8. The Elderly Population
  9. Disabled Persons
  10. The Environment Called Home
  11. The Community and Neighborhood
  12. Learning and Education
  13. Office Environments
  14. Healthcare Environments
  15. Resorts and Recreation
  16. Retail and Service Environments

 

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Healing Spaces by Esther Sternberg

Healing Spaces by Esther Sternberg

Healing Spaces

Document Type: Book
Author: Esther M. Sternberg
Publisher:  Harvard University Press
First edition: 2010
ISBN: 0674057481
ISBN13: 9780674057487

Does the world make you sick? If the distractions and distortions around you, the jarring colors and sounds, could shake up the healing chemistry of your mind, might your surroundings also have the power to heal you? This is the question Esther Sternberg explores in Healing Spaces, a look at the marvelously rich nexus of mind and body, perception and place.

Sternberg immerses us in the discoveries that have revealed a complicated working relationship between the senses, the emotions, and the immune system. First among these is the story of the researcher who, in the 1980s, found that hospital patients with a view of nature healed faster than those without. How could a pleasant view speed healing? The author pursues this question through a series of places and situations that explore the neurobiology of the senses. The book shows how a Disney theme park or a Frank Gehry concert hall, a labyrinth or a garden can trigger or reduce stress, induce anxiety or instill peace.

If our senses can lead us to a “place of healing,” it is no surprise that our place in nature is of critical importance in Sternberg’s account. The health of the environment is closely linked to personal health. The discoveries this book describes point to possibilities for designing hospitals, communities, and neighborhoods that promote healing and health for all.

  1.  Healing Places
  2.  Seeing and Healing
  3.  Sound and Silence
  4.  Cotton Wool and Clouds of Frankincense
  5.  Mazes and Labyrinths
  6.  Finding Your Way…
  7.  …and Losing It
  8.  Healing Thought and Healing Prayer
  9.  Hormones of Hope and Healing
  10.  Hospitals and Well-Being
  11.  Healing Cities, Healing World
  12.  Healing Gardens and My Place of Peace

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