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The Evaluative Image of the City
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The Evaluative Image of the City


© 1997 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In 1960, Kevin Lynch wrote The Image of the City, which transformed the way design professionals and social scientists dealt with the urban form and design. The Evaluative Image of the City follows the work of Lynch and further explores the role of human evaluations of the cityscape. This book describes how to assess, plan, and design the appearance of cities to please inhabitants. It presents a series of studies on evaluative images, discusses methodologies, findings, and applications to design and planning at various stages. Urban designers and planners, architects, business people, and the general public will find this book a valuable guide for improving the image of their surroundings.
 
The Evaluative Image of the Environment
 
Likability
 
Building the Evaluative Image
 
Identity,Structure,and Likability
 
Precedents
 
Measuring Community Appearance
 
Speculative Versus Empirical Approaches
 
Domain of Study
 
Importance of Community Appearance
 
A Theoretical Framework
 
Two Cities
 
Knoxville
 
Chattanooga
 
Relevance of the Evaluative Responses
 
The Elements of Urban Likability
 
Distinctiveness,Visibility,and Use/Symbolic Significance
 
Likable Features
 
Complexity
 
Interrelationships,Context, and Contrast
 
City Structure and Experience
 
Evaluating the Method
 
The Method
 
Usefulness
 
Validity and Reliability
 
Refining the Method
 
Other Dimensions of the Evaluative Image
 
Sixth Graders' View of a Small Town
 
An Inner-City Neighborhood
 
Multiple Meanings in Vancouver
 
Multiple Meanings in Tokyo
 
Newcastle
Day and Night  
 
A Neighborhood
Day and Night  
 
A Commercial Strip
 
Summing it Up
 
Shaping the Evaluative Image
 
Some Generic Appearance Guidelines
 
Using the Method for Design Policy
 
Future Directions for Design and Research
 
Appendix
 
Visual Quality Programming
 
Form of Data Collection
 
Selection of Observers
 
Presentation of the Environment
 
Assessing the Environment
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Author

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