This seminar provides participants a unique opportunity to find
nominations for the 2013 Kevin Lynch Award - a renowned international award for
outstanding work in urban design, planning, or scholarship. The Kevin Lynch
Award was established to honor the memory of Kevin Lynch, an MIT alumnus, urban
designer, author and member of the faculty of the Department of Urban Studies
and Planning for thirty years. Since its establishment in 1988, the MIT
department of urban studies and planning has granted Kevin Lynch Awards to
individuals or organizations whose work embodies and advances Kevin Lynch's
research, as developed in his seminal works, Image of the City (1960), What
Time is this Place? (1972), Good City Form (1981) and Site Planning (1984).
Nominees have been selected for their plans, books, research, designed
projects, media productions, public processes, or similar contributions to
merit the award.
The seminar will investigate Lynch's work and analyze its contemporary lineage
in multiple fields of urban studies and urban design practice. The seminar has
four broad aims:
- To study and discuss the work of Kevin Lynch.
- To map ongoing research and projects around the World that extend Lynch's
- To develop a list of nominations for the 2013 Kevin Lynch Award
- To plan an award event that builds visibility for the award and highlights the
contributions of Kevin Lynch and the MIT Department of Urban Studies and
Planning to the fields of urban design and planning.
The seminar invites students with diverse backgrounds in different SA+P
departments to join in a cross-disciplinary investigation of Lynch's and his