Docstoc

urban design

Document Sample
urban design Powered By Docstoc
					      THE IMAGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
 (concerning the visual aspect of urban design)
• Reading the city.
• Looking at the city giving u a special pleasure
• Nothing is experienced itself, but always in relation
  to surroundings, the sequence of events leading up
  to it, the memory of the past experiences.
• We are not simply the observers of this spectacle,
  but ourselves a part of it, on the stage with other
  participants.
      THE IMAGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT


  Lynch is chiefly concerned with “The Image of the Environment”. He says,
 “Every citizen has had long associations with some part of the city, and his
 image is soaked in memories and meanings.” He also concerned with how
  we locate ourselves within the city, how we find our way around. To know
   where we are within the city, therefore, we have to build up a workable
            image of each part. Each of these images will comprise;
1.        our recognition of its “individuality or oneness” within the city as a
                                         whole,
 2.       our recognition of its spatial or pattern relationships to other parts
                                      of the city,
3.         its practical meaning for each of us (both practical and emotional)
                         LEGIBILITY

• Lynch's innovative use of graphic notation to link quite
  abstract ideas of urban structure with the human perceptual
  experience
• Legibility is a term used to describe the ease with which
  people can understand the layout of a place.
• Apparent clarity of cityscape
• The ease with which its parts can be recognized and can be
  organized into a coherent pattern.
• By introducing this idea, Lynch was able to isolate distinct
  features of a city, and see what specifically is making it so
  vibrant, and attractive to people.
          What is a Mental Map
• To understand the layout of a city, people first
  and foremost create a mental map.
• Mental maps of a city are mental representations
  of what the city contains, and its layout according
  to the individual
• A person's perception of the world
• These mental representations, along with the
  actual city, contain many unique elements, which
  are defined by Lynch as a network of paths,
  edges, districts, nodes, and landmarks
Observe the phenomenon of completely lost in
                 a space
• We are supported by the presence of others &
  by special way finding devices; maps, street
  numbers, route signs etc
• Disorientation
• Sense of anxiety & even terror is that
  accompanies it reveal to us how closely it is
  linked to our sense of balance & well being.
• The word lost then means geographical
  uncertainty.
            The city image & its elements
Paths
"are the channels along which
   the observer customarily,
   occasionally, or potentially
   moves’. They may be streets,
   walkways, transit lines,
   canals, railroads.
• Along these other
   environmental elements are
   arranged.
Downtown Boston commercial district

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Stats:
views:16
posted:5/24/2012
language:English
pages:9
About designer,interiors,home interiors,planning,urban and town planning,landscape design