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ERIC Number: ED063159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 96
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Making the City Observable.
Wurman, Richard Saul
Explored in this special issue of "Design Quarterly" are some of the existing data systems which describe, in visual terms, various urban entities: transportation systems, roadways, public buildings, land patterns, historical structures, as well as some new methods for developing physical information that will be widely used in the future. Through these means an individual can acquire information about his surroundings. The materials are designed to elucidate the city, to allow it to become an environment for learning. The city can be made observable by developing a school curriculum about our man-made environment, by designing a clear subway map, or by producing a ballot that people can understand and use intelligently. Approaches that clarify the urban scene can lead to direct environmental learning experiences. Thus, this catalog, with urban communication as its goal, has projects, ideas, books, guides, maps, advertisements, and curricula that offer some means to a better understanding of the environment. The purpose of such a compilation is to show that similar materials could be the basis for the development of urban data centers for the dissemination of information related to the public environment. Making the city observable means making the plethora of public information public. (BL)
MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts ($3.95)
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