Contemporary Receptions of Kevin Lynch


– A Research Seminar

Venue: Aalborg University, Department of Architecture and Design, Tegnesalen, Gammel Torv 6

Date: March 12, 2007

Organiser: Professor Ole B. Jensen, Aalborg University (AAU), Department of Architecture and Design

Research seminar background
Through his life long commitment to urban design and urban planning, the legacy of American urban scholar Kevin Lynch is today influential in urban design practice as well as in education. The research seminar ‘Contemporary Receptions of Kevin Lynch’ will present key ideas in the work of Lynch with the agenda of exploring how Lynch’s work can add to the understanding of contemporary urbanism.

Drawing upon invited academic researchers’ work the aim is to facilitate a highly informed discussion and reflection upon the reception of Lynch. The seminar aim at covering various themes within the works of Lynch and with relevance to contemporary urban design and urban studies such as; the legacy of Kevin Lynch, contemporary urban mapping seen in the light of Lynch, urban mobility and flows, pragmatism and the Lynch legacy, and contemporary urban mapping after Lynch.

10.00-10.15 Welcome and Introduction / Ole B. Jensen, AAU

10.15-10.45 The Legacy of Kevin Lynch / Grahame Shane, Columbia University

10.45-11.00 Questions and comments

11.00-11.30 Pleasure, Fun and Flow – urban travel in the works of Lynch / Ole B. Jensen, AAU

11.30-11.45 Questions and Comments

11.45-12.30 Lunch Break

12.30-13.00 Mapping from Lynch and Onwards / Tom Nielsen, Aarhus School of Architecture

13.00-13.15 Questions and Comments

13.15-13.45 Kevin Lynch and Pragmatism / Nicolai Steinø, AAU

13.45-14.00 Questions and Comments

14.00-14.15 Break

14.15-14.45 Understanding and Mapping Large Cityscapes – Outside-in and inside-out
/ Gitte Marling, AAU

14.45-15.00 Questions and Comments

15.00-15.45 What to Learn from Lynch Today? – Plenary Roundtable

15.45-16.00 Closing Session


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