The Image of the City

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MIT Press, 1960 - Architecture - 194 pages
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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.


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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Lynch's book, Image of the City, was definitely outdated for the 21st Century; however, the book demonstrated the late 1950s and early 1960s hope of urban planners to turn the city into something other, something rural. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeramey - Goodreads

Having read a number of other books on city planning, this book could use a serious overhaul. I understand that it helped lay the groundwork for what came later, but the examples it gives are ... Read full review

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The Image of the Environment
Three Cities
The City Image and Its Elements
City Form
A New Scale
B The Use of the Method
Two Examples of Analysis

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About the author (1960)

Kevin Lynch (1918-1984) studied with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin and later obtained aBachelor of City Planning degree from MIT. After a long and distinguished career on the faculty ofthe MIT School of Architecture and Urban Planning, he was named Professor Emeritus of CityPlanning.