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Good City Form : Good City Form - Kevin Lynch

Good City Form

Good City Form

Paperback Published: 1st January 1984
ISBN: 9780262620468
Number Of Pages: 514
For Ages: 18+ years old

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With the publication of "The Image of the City" in 1959, Kevin Lynch embarked upon the process of exploring city form. "Good City Form" is both a summation and an extension of his vision, a high point from which he views cities past and possible. First published in hardcover under the title "A Theory of Good City Form"

This is a major work...Lynch looks at connections between human values and the physical forms of cities, sets requirements for a normative theory of city form, reviews earlier physical images of what utopian communities might be, sees what is to be learned from hellish images, and helps us place city forms into one or another of three theoretic constructs: cosmic or ceremonial centers, the machine city, and the city as an organism. He tells us at some length how we might evaluate the 'goodness' of cities, speaks to the enduring issues of city size, growth, and conservation, and, having done all this, tells us about what his good city form might look like. The appendixes are a major part of the book, taking well over 100 pages...This is a volume that in short order will be (or at least should be) standard, desired, provocative, influential reading for just about anyone concerned with why cities are the way they are and, more important, with achieving good places for people to live. * Journal of the American Planning Association *

Prologue: A Naive Questionp. 1
Values and Cities
Form Values in Urban Historyp. 5
What Is the Form of a City, and How is it Made?p. 37
Between Heaven and Hellp. 51
Three Normative Theoriesp. 73
But is a General Normative Theory Possible?p. 99
A Theory of Good City Form
Dimensions of Performancep. 111
Vitalityp. 121
Sensep. 131
Fitp. 151
Accessp. 187
Controlp. 205
Efficiency and Justicep. 221
Some Applications
City Size and the Idea of Neighborhoodp. 239
Growth and Conservationp. 251
Urban Textures and Networksp. 261
City Models and City Designp. 277
A Place Utopiap. 293
Epilogue: A Critiquep. 319
A Brief Review of Functional Theoryp. 327
A Language of City Patternsp. 345
Some Sources of City Valuesp. 359
A Catalog of Models of Settlement Formp. 373
Bibliographyp. 459
Sources and Creditsp. 485
Acknowledgmentsp. 491
Indexp. 493
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ISBN: 9780262620468
ISBN-10: 0262620464
Series: Good City Form
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 514
Published: 1st January 1984
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.84