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  - Taco Ekkel - Goodreads

Completely changed the way I look at cities. Actually the way it explains mental images and their relation to the real world is so insightful I found it applies to a lot of things besides cities. Bonus points for being small, readable, and visual. Read full review

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Works best for architect/urban planners and designers Read full review

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Contents

The Image of the Environment
1
Three Cities
14
The City Image and Its Elements
46
City Form
91
A New Scale
118
B The Use of the Method
140
Two Examples of Analysis
160
Bibliography
182
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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.