The Image of Sanlitun

Yetao Jiang

Urban Design in the Pacific Rim--Beijing


Roy Strickland


In the book The Image of the City, Kevin Lynch focuses on the visual qualities of American cities. To stop the alienation in traditional cities, we must focus on re-establishing concrete and practical grasp of the region, reorganizing an operable signal system, allowing them to take root in people’s memories so that Individuals can rediscover themselves in a volatile environment based on new signaling systems. This is as summed up by American philosopher Jameson: “The so-called alienated city means that when people are in a large space, they cannot locate themselves in their minds, they cannot mark their place in the city as a whole, so they do not know where they are and lose yourself. “Through the analysis of the current situation of Sanlitun, we can find that there are some problems and factors that affect self-development in the old neighborhoods from the perspective of “five elements”, for example, there is no complete continuous boundary, lack of nodes, etc.

From the perspective of  Lynch, if we want to rebuild the Sanlitun site, we may proceed from these five aspects: 1, Build a unified, complete, and continuous boundary. 2. Create a landscape node and rest node with appropriate scales. 3. Construct representative landmarks in this area. 4. The layout of the road network in the transformation area will form a circular road with distinct widths and distinctive features. 5. Reconstruction of inconsistent  architectural styles will form a unified feature of Beijing. A large and complex problem that requires the overall planning of multiple departments, multiple fields, and multiple disciplines. This thesis only attempts to analyze this issue from the five elements of The Image of the City and proposes my personal insights.
Site Plan and Lynch References