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The Image of the City | Study Guide

Kevin Lynch

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Kevin Lynch

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At a Glance

The Image of The City is the result of a five-year study of city planning and design. Lynch studies major U.S. cities including Boston, Los Angeles, and Jersey City. The book discusses the imageability of a city which is the way residents create mental maps to navigate cities. Lynch identifies five key elements that help people create mental maps of cities. The five elements are paths, districts, nodes, landmarks, and boundaries.

Perspective and Narrator

The Image of the City is written in first-person limited perspective. Lynch addresses the reader directly and uses a conversational style to explain the results of a five-year study of the design elements of major cities in the United States.

About the Title

The Image of the City reflects the way people create mental maps and images of the cities where they live and work. The book studies different characteristics of cities that help people create personal mental images to help them navigate towns and cities.


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