Richard Lynch's Chapter Summary

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In this part Lynch argues that people in urban situations orient themselves by means of mental maps. To un-derstand the role of these mental maps in our urban lives, he conducted a field research of the visual qualities of the cities of Los Angeles, Boston and Jersey in the previous chapter, and deduced that these visual qualities can conveniently be classified into 5 types of elements: Paths, edges, districts and nodes.
The five identified elements, perceived as interconnected parts, play an important role in allowing citizens to understand their large and complete environment as a whole city form. He wants these elements to be in-terpreted as forms that depend upon each other; consequently creating a unified and complete setup so that a legible
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