Kevin Lynch’s seminal text from 1960 – The Image of the City – is seemingly required reading for any landscape architect working within the urban realm. Lynch studied with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin and later became Professor Emeritus of City Planning at MIT School of Architecture and Urban Planning; in The Image of the City he used the cities of Boston, Jersey City and Los Angeles as urban templates to explore large-scale design theory.



The terms coined by Lynch – node, path, edge, district, landmark – are used ad nauseum to characterize site analysis and design solutions.

This short film is a freewheeling adaptation of this classic text; set in Los Angeles and embellished with toy robots, beat poetry, and priestly ants. Whether these terms are being used as Professor Lynch intended is grounds for another post. Enjoy!


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