The Image of the City

This short film is an adaptation of the classic urban design tome – The Image of the City – by Associate Professor Kevin Lynch (1918-1984) of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

*** – At a first glance, you may think that The Image of the City is a painfully pretentious and awfully presumptuous pseudo-art house documentary short, and in many respects, you’d be correct … but what’s also available beneath the seams is a clear parallel of man to every other worker automaton in nature, from the random animal to the average worker ant that familiarizes itself with landmarks and paths, and is somehow conditioned to follow these pre-destined designs to get them to their destination … in many ways, we are also the worker ants, as Kevin Lynch examines how we’re more so conditioned to follow designs and comfort zones, rather than we are street smart. Much like worker ants of their colonies, Lynch examines how we’re also born with a sense of radar and how the world is more built for the easy ability of production and less for the individual … though it’s overbearing in its presentation, The Image of the City is a fascinating glimpse at the world we live in and our ever growing connection to the common animal. – Film Threat


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