City Sense and City Design: Writings and Projects of Kevin Lynch / Edition 1

City Sense and City Design: Writings and Projects of Kevin Lynch / Edition 1

by Kevin Lynch
     
 

Kevin Lynch's books are the classic underpinnings of modern urban planning and design, yet they are only a part of his rich legacy of ideas about human purposes and values in built form. City Sense and City Design brings together Lynch's remaining work, including professional design and planning projects that show how he translated many of his ideas and theories

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Kevin Lynch's books are the classic underpinnings of modern urban planning and design, yet they are only a part of his rich legacy of ideas about human purposes and values in built form. City Sense and City Design brings together Lynch's remaining work, including professional design and planning projects that show how he translated many of his ideas and theories into practice. An invaluable sourcebook of design knowledge, City Sense and City Design completes the record of one of the foremost environmental design theorists of our time and leads to a deeper understanding of his distinctively humanistic philosophy.The editors, both former students of Lynch, provide a cogent summary of his career and of the role he played in shaping and transforming the American urban design profession during the 1950s,the 1960s, and the 1970s. Each of the seven thematic groupings of writings and projects that follow begins with a short introduction explaining their content and their background.The essays in part I focus on the premises of Lynch's work: his novel reading of large-scale built environments and the notion that the design of an urban landscape should be as meaningful and intimate as the natural landscape. In part II, excerpts from Lynch's travel journals reveal his early ideas on how people perceive and interpret their surroundings—ideas that culminated in his seminal work, The Image of the City. This part of the book also presents Lynch's experiments with children and his assessment of environmental-perception research. The examples of both small-scale and large-scale analysis of visual form in part III are followed by three parts on city design. These include Lynch's more theoretical works on complex planning decisions involving both functional (spatial and structural organization) and normative (how the city works in human terms) approaches, articles discussing the principles that guided Lynch's teaching and practice of city design,and descriptions of Lynch's own projects in the Boston area and elsewhere.The book concludes with essays written late in Lynch's career, fantasy pieces describing utopias and offering new design freedoms and scenarios warning of horrifying "cacotopias."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262620956
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/27/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
866
Sales rank:
1,386,986
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Kevin Lynch: His Life and Work1
IThe Form of Cities
The Form of Cities35
The Pattern of the Metropolis47
The Visual Shape of the Shapeless Metropolis65
The City as Environment87
IIExperiencing Cities
The Travel Journals103
Notes on City Satisfactions135
Some Childhood Memories of the City154
Growing Up in Cities174
A Walk Around the Block185
The Urban Landscape of San Salvador: Environmental Quality in an Urbanizing Region205
Nanjing226
Foreword to Environmental Knowing233
Environmental Perception: Research and Public Policy239
Reconsidering The Image of the City247
IIIAnalysis of Visual Form
A Process of Community Visual Survey263
An Analysis of the Visual Form of Brookline, Massachusetts287
Development and Landscape: Martha's Vineyard316
Analyzing the Look of Large Areas: Some Current Examples in the United States338
IVCity Design: Theory
A Theory of Urban Form355
Environmental Adaptability379
The Openness of Open Space396
Open Space: Freedom and Control413
Where Learning Happens418
Quality in City Design430
VCity Design: Education and Practice
City Design and City Appearance465
The Immature Arts of City Design498
Urban Design511
City and Regional Planning535
Sensuous Criteria for Highway Design563
Designing and Managing the Strip579
On Historic Preservation: Some Comments on the Polish-American Seminar617
The Image of Time and Place in Environmental Design628
Some Notes on the Design of Ciudad Guayana634
Comments: A Manual for Site Development for Columbia, Maryland641
Controlling the Location and Timing of Development646
City Design: What It Is and How It Might Be Taught652
VICity Design: Projects
Government Center and the Waterfront, Boston665
Community Revitalization Plan for Columbia Point674
Boston Tomorrow: Draft Development Policies679
Performance Zoning: The Small Town of Gay Head Tries It692
University Circle Area Planning Project, Cleveland701
The Rio Salado Development Plan710
Temporary Paradise? A Look at the Special Landscape of the San Diego Region721
VIIUtopias and Cacotopias
The Possible City771
Grounds for Utopia789
What Will Happen to Us?811
Coming Home: The Urban Environment After Nuclear War823
Fantasies of Waste834
Index

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