This project is a spatial analysis of museums in London and Paris. The vocabulary is based around Kevin Lynch's book The Image of the City, and are applied to designs in interior urban social dwellings. Lynch's concept of the city urban setting applies to interior architecture at an urban scale. It is important in analyzing the spatial arrangement to evaluate form, function, and significance when designing for the urban environment. Visual perception of the environment through pedestrian experience helps establish a relationship and understanding with one's surroundings. In order to comprehend the environment at the urban scale of size, time, and complexity; one must consider how the space is perceived by these inhabitants. Museums use identifying factors through visual sensations including color, shape, motion, and light. Way finding provides a familiarity with one's environment and keeps one from 'being lost'. "The need to recognize and pattern our surroundings is crucial... This image has practical and emotional importance to the individual". An identifiable environment also increases intensity of the experience. This is obtained through stylistic qualities of surroundings and visual recognition is accomplished by identifiable characteristics and elements.
By studying the spatial arrangements of museums, one can further understand the organization of an interior space at an urban scale. These areas can be classified into categories according to their functions and characteristics. Edges, Districts, Nodes, Paths, and Landmarks are all different terminologies that together unify and make up the parts of an urban environment associated with urban social dwelling.
Status: School Project
Location: London, UK & Paris, FR