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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
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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