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City Imaging after Kevin Lynch

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2 Author(s)
Fattahi, K. ; Urban Design & Regional Planning Lab., Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo, Japan ; Kobayashi, H.

Despite many dramatic changes in last fifty years, urban designers still try to measure "city imaging" with same criteria as was described by Kevin Lynch in his landmark volumes. However, city imaging increasingly is supplemented by exposure to recent progresses in communication infrastructures. It seems that once again we need to re-ontologize concepts of city imaging for twenty-first century as his ideas were theoretically created when digital evolution was not such widely affected our world. This paper aims to identify effects of these new digital actors on city imaging. Consequently, we propose that with emergence of softerial era and infospherization of almost everything, another kind of landmarks have been evolved (link marks) which are highly reference to a self and relative to his destination and necessities in real-time. We believe they can improve not only ldquosense of timerdquo but also ldquosense of placerdquo as an inevitable necessity in our current life.

Published in:

Computer Science and Information Engineering, 2009 WRI World Congress on  (Volume:1 )

Date of Conference:

March 31 2009-April 2 2009