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The Image of the City | Study Guide

Kevin Lynch

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The Image of the City | Chapter 5 : A New Scale | Summary



Lynch summarizes the main points of his research. He reminds the reader of his five elements of city design which are paths, edges, districts, nodes, and landmarks. He reiterates the importance of these elements working together to create an imageable and navigable city. He stresses that his research was limited to three American cities and his focus was on physical, tangible elements of city design. Form and function must be considered as complementary and not competing characteristics. Lynch concludes by musing about the future of urban design and the importance of creating cities that are vivid, navigable, and beautiful.


Lynch's conclusion directs the reader back to points he makes in Chapter 1 about the importance of aesthetics and the artistry that goes into good city planning. Lynch's conclusion emphasizes the importance of human connection to the features of the city. Cities are just places on a map instead of communities without the artistic elements of design.

Lynch is careful to note that his research is just the beginning of city planning research. Future city planners should use the five city characteristics as the building blocks for well-designed urban spaces. People develop pride in their communities when city planners create spaces that are unique, pleasing, and practical. Proud citizens are more committed to protecting and improving their communities. Lynch ends by stressing the importance of the artistic qualities of city planning and design.

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