Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Calgary non-statutory Center City illumination design guidelines

Merriam Theater, Philadelphia
Merriam Theater, Philadelphia. Philadelphia Inquirer photo by David M. Warren. Architectural lighting project, Holidays 2007, by Center City District BID, with Lightiing Practice, Artlumiere, Phillips Lighting, and Vitetta.

For architectural lighting and other illumination questions: CENTRE CITY ILLUMINATION GUIDELINES: Illumination Solutions within the Context of the Centre City Plan

Interestingly, they use a framework based on the concepts expressed by Kevin Lynch in Image of the City, a study of how people make sense of their community, and what Lynch calls "legibility." According to Wikipedia:

Lynch reported that users understood their surroundings in consistent and predictable ways, forming mental maps with five elements:

• paths, the streets, sidewalks, trails, and other channels in which people travel;
• edges, perceived boundaries such as walls, buildings, and shorelines;
• districts, relatively large sections of the city distinguished by some identity or character;
• nodes, focal points, intersections or loci;
• landmarks, readily identifiable objects which serve as external reference points.

In the same book Lynch also coined the words "imageability" and "wayfinding".

The Calgary Illumination guidelines refine this list by adding heritage resources and entries/gateways as additional categories.

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