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Photo: Creative Commons image by Zio Ziegler & Bumblebeelovesyou Photo: Creative Commons image by Zio Ziegler & Bumblebeelovesyou

It seems Kevin’s Lynch’s seminal book, Image of the City is on the AHBE Lab team’s mind. Just last week, Evan shared a video inspired by Lynch’s study that explored how residents of three cities (Boston, Jersey City, and Los Angeles) learned about the physical layout of their environment.

I have also been thinking about Lynch’s research, specifically about the interpretation of visual information within an urban environment. Residents draw a mental map of their city by weaving their own personal experiences with the visual feedback of the environments they pass through by foot, car, bus or train. Lynch’s findings influenced urban planners’ understanding of the features that make a city’s image legible and, hence, more memorable to its residents.

A visual excerpt of Los Angeles from Kevin’s Lynch’s Image of the City. A visual excerpt of Los Angeles from Kevin’s Lynch’s Image of the City.

A recent personal experience further reinforced…

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