City Sense and City Design: Writings and Projects of Kevin Lynch

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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. Theseinclude 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: 9780262121439
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 866
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 10.33 (h) x 2.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Lynch (1918-1984) studied with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin and later obtained aBachelor 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 CityPlanning.

Tridib Banerjee is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University ofSouthern California.

Michael Southworth is a Professor of Urban Design and Environmental Planning at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Kevin Lynch: His Life and Work 1
I The Form of Cities
The Form of Cities 35
The Pattern of the Metropolis 47
The Visual Shape of the Shapeless Metropolis 65
The City as Environment 87
II Experiencing Cities
The Travel Journals 103
Notes on City Satisfactions 135
Some Childhood Memories of the City 154
Growing Up in Cities 174
A Walk Around the Block 185
The Urban Landscape of San Salvador: Environmental Quality in an Urbanizing Region 205
Nanjing 226
Foreword to Environmental Knowing 233
Environmental Perception: Research and Public Policy 239
Reconsidering The Image of the City 247
III Analysis of Visual Form
A Process of Community Visual Survey 263
An Analysis of the Visual Form of Brookline, Massachusetts 287
Development and Landscape: Martha's Vineyard 316
Analyzing the Look of Large Areas: Some Current Examples in the United States 338
IV City Design: Theory
A Theory of Urban Form 355
Environmental Adaptability 379
The Openness of Open Space 396
Open Space: Freedom and Control 413
Where Learning Happens 418
Quality in City Design 430
V City Design: Education and Practice
City Design and City Appearance 465
The Immature Arts of City Design 498
Urban Design 511
City and Regional Planning 535
Sensuous Criteria for Highway Design 563
Designing and Managing the Strip 579
On Historic Preservation: Some Comments on the Polish-American Seminar 617
The Image of Time and Place in Environmental Design 628
Some Notes on the Design of Ciudad Guayana 634
Comments: A Manual for Site Development for Columbia, Maryland 641
Controlling the Location and Timing of Development 646
City Design: What It Is and How It Might Be Taught 652
VI City Design: Projects
Government Center and the Waterfront, Boston 665
Community Revitalization Plan for Columbia Point 674
Boston Tomorrow: Draft Development Policies 679
Performance Zoning: The Small Town of Gay Head Tries It 692
University Circle Area Planning Project, Cleveland 701
The Rio Salado Development Plan 710
Temporary Paradise? A Look at the Special Landscape of the San Diego Region 721
VII Utopias and Cacotopias
The Possible City 771
Grounds for Utopia 789
What Will Happen to Us? 811
Coming Home: The Urban Environment After Nuclear War 823
Fantasies of Waste 834
Index
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