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Understanding Neighborhoods Through Mental Mapping. Kevin Lynch, The Image of the City (1960) Case studies in Boston, Los Angeles, and Jersey City How people perceive the spatial arrangement their city - its “legibility” “Mental” maps with 5 elements Paths Edges Districts Nodes

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Understanding neighborhoods through mental mapping l.jpg

Understanding Neighborhoods Through Mental Mapping

  • Kevin Lynch, The Image of the City (1960)

  • Case studies in Boston, Los Angeles, and Jersey City

  • How people perceive the spatial arrangement their city - its “legibility”

  • “Mental” maps with 5 elements

    • Paths

    • Edges

    • Districts

    • Nodes

    • Landmarks

Image: examples of hand-drawn maps of Jersey City portraying Lynch’s theory (pages 148-149 in The Image of the City)


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