NSDL teaching resources related to “cognitive map”

Kevin Lynch was a significant contributor to city planning and city design in the twentieth century. One of Lynch’s innovations was the concept of place legibility, which is essentially the ease with which people understand the layout of a place. By introducing this idea, Lynch was able to isolate distinct features of a city, and see what specifically is making it so vibrant, and attractive to people. To understand the layout of a city, people first and foremost create a mental map.

Kevin Lynch: City Elements Create Images in Our Mind, 1960

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