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The Image of the City [Paperback]

Kevin Lynch
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June 15 1960 0262620014 978-0262620017

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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"...a readable, tautly organized, authoritative volume..." Architectural Forum



"This small and readable book makes one of the most important modern contributions to large-scale design theory. David A. Crane Journal of the American Institute of Planners

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Incontournable March 26 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"The Image of the City" est incontournable pour qui veut comprendre les dimensions identitaires d'un quartier.
Il est aujourd'hui fréquemment évoqué en urbanisme, les idées de M. Lynch permettent de composer des villes plus faciles pour s'orienter, plus marquantes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Help in Forming a Design Perspective April 30 2001
Format:Paperback
The urban setting is a composition of nodes, landmarks, paths, edges and districts, accorsing to Lynch. This physical summary of urban landscape may not be satisfactory for some. However, for others, including me, this book is a great help in forming a design perspective at the city level. It does not matter at all if you have just started forming your perspective or working on the final details. The book should be in your library, and the design guidelines should be in your mind, not only when designing a peace of urban space, but also when you are just wondering around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Image of the City by Kevin Lynch Nov. 3 2011
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Great find at a very good price. Book is a necessary for any architect or planning professional, as it highlights the core elements (according to Lynch) that make up a neighbourhood/city.
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