Kevin A. Lynch
Kevin A. Lynch is a city planner and researcher who studied the ways people perceive the places where they live and work. Lynch wrote The Image of the City after he conducted a year-long case study of Boston, Massachusetts; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Los Angeles, California. Lynch used land surveys and resident interviews to understand the ways people create mental maps of cities. Lynch's research identified five major characteristics that help people navigate cities. The characteristics are paths, edges, districts, nodes, and landmarks.