The Image of the City

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MIT Press, 1960 - Architecture - 194 pages

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.


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User Review  - Constantine Ronquillo - Goodreads

my mentor stressed out that I should read this Kevin Lynch piece, and that this will help mould our thought process to the better, turned out she's right. A must read for urbanists and architects. I still recommend Delirius New York by Rem Koolhaas... Read full review

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User Review  - Homeinmyshoes - Goodreads

While the case studies can be a bit dry at times the first couple of chapters should be on everybody's reading list. 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 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.