2020 Workshop on City Form—in partnership between the City Form Lab and Alphabet Sidewalk Labs—invited a group of students to develop key
performance indicators (KPIs) for urban design. Following Kevin Lynch’s
investigations of “Good City Form” (1984), the workshop explored how meaningful formal qualities of
the built environment can be described and quantified. We
particularly focused on measurable indicators that showed potential to capture qualities that the users of the built environment might value, as well as those that would help complement urban designers' arsenal of existing tools and methods. To test the proposed KPIs, student teams developed
a whole range of different urban form
and land use proposals for two pilot sites surrounding Commuter Rail stations in Chelsea and Lynn, MA and worked around an iterative
design–analysis–redesign process to improve the design outcomes with KPIs.
Download the PDF report of the workshop on the left.
Lynch, K. (1984). Good city form. MIT Press.
Instructor: Andres Sevtsuk
Teaching Assistant: Kloe Ng
Guest Critics - Sidewalk Labs
Amelia (Meli) Harvey - Senior Computational Designer
Betty Chen - Computational Design Associate
Brian Ho - Senior Design Lead
Saif Haobsh- Computational Designer of Customer Success
Violet Whitney - Senior Product Manager
Guest Critics - MIT
Hashim Sarkis - Dean, School of Architecture and Planning
Nicholas De Monchaux - Professor and Head of Architecture
Rafi Segal - Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism
Dylan Christopher Halpern