Good City Form

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MIT Press, 1984 - Architecture - 514 pages
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A summation and extension of Lynch's vision for the exploration of city form.

With the publication of The Image of the City in 1959, Kevin Lynch embarked upon the process of exploring city form. Good City Form is both a summation and an extension of his vision, a high point from which he views cities past and possible. First published in hardcover under the title A Theory of Good City Form.

 

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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. 

Contents

A Naive Question
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2
37
3
51
4
73
5
99
7
121
9
151
10
187
15
261
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277
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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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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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About the author (1984)

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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