Good City Form

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MIT Press, Jan 1, 1984 - Architecture - 514 pages
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Lynch looks at connections between human values and the physical forms of cities, sets requirements for a normative theory of city form, reviews earlier physical images of what utopian communities might be, sees what is to be learned from hellish images, and helps us place city forms into one or another of three theoretic constructs; cosmic or ceremonial centers, the machine city, and the city as an organism.
  

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One of Kevin Lynch's best books, by far. Beneath the simple and accessible language, lies profound thinking and radical humanism that is as valid now as when it was published. The key is to engage with his ideas and to reinterpret them in the contemporary context, rather than take them literally. There is much to be gained by urban practitioners and scholars alike. 

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Contents

A Naive Question
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2
37
3
51
4
73
5
99
7
121
9
151
10
187
15
261
16
277
17
293
A Critique
319
B A Language of City Patterns
345
Some Sources of City Values
359
A Catalog of Models of Settlement Form
373
Bibliography
459

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205
12
221
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239
Sources and Credits
485
Copyright

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Page 482 - See Raymond Williams, The Country and the City (New York: Oxford University Press, 1973), pp.

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

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