The opportunities for viewing cities from overhead has become more prevalent. Developments in aerial photography and the spread of high observation points has changed our way of perceiving the city. The overhead image of the city has distinctive properties, types and applications, which can be used in the practice of urban design to develop objective strategies for creating a qualitative visual image of the city. This paper aims to identify how the concepts and standards of city design can be affected by observing the city from an overhead perspective. It is proposed here that, improving the visual appearance of the city should consider the integration between different methods of city perception. This paper focuses on the technique of reading the city from above by identifying and analysing the most commonly observed elements in the overhead image of the cities. Throughout this investigation, the factors that affect the quality of such images have been determined and the most effective criteria for improving the upper visual appearance have been identified. The results of this research can be beneficial because the qualitative overhead image can help city observers to better experience their city and maintain a sense of orientation.
|Keywords:||Overhead Images, City Perception, Urban Design, Regeneration, Contemporary City|
Ph.D. Researcher, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK
Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK
The Head of Architectural Department, Faculty of Engineering, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt
Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt