Kevin Lynch Memorial Lecture

Thursday 14 November 2019 - 18:00 to 20:00
Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London, Wilkins Building (Main Building), Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

The Kevin Lynch Memorial Lecture with Professor Kate Jeffery. What Neuroscience can tell us about our sense of place, and sense of direction

Kevin Lynch is known for his pioneering work on mental mapping, and the perception of the built environment, including the seminal publication The Image of the City where he wrote about paths, edges, districts, nodes and landmarks.

We are delighted to announce that this years lecture will be given by the neuroscientist Professor Kate Jeffery, one of the worlds foremost experts on how mammals navigate, and develop their own mental maps. Her research shows how our brains enable our sense of place and sense of direction, and the sorts of environments that get us confused or lost.

Anyone involved in urban design, highways, planning, architecture, or the public realm will find this lecture of great practical value to their work. You will be able to understand why certain environments - such as the sinuous street layouts created by the DB32 design guidance cause people to become lost; why landmarks are so important, and why delegates at this years National Urban Design Conference had difficulties navigating Birmingham New Street station.

Learn how to design easy to navigate streets and neighbourhoods. Learn what to avoid - not just on the basis of a hunch, but on the basis of a solid understanding of the research.