Conceptualizing the Perceptual Changes of City Imaging and Their Impact on Urban Design

By Lobna M. M. Ahmed, Jonathon Bush, Magdy Radwan and Khaled Salah Said Abdelmagid.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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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

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.211-240. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 7.280MB).

Arch. Lobna M. M. Ahmed

Ph.D. Researcher, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK

Since 2000, after Lobna M. M. Ahmed graduated from the faculty of Engineering in Assiut University in Egypt, Ahmed has been working as a Research/Teaching Assistant in the Architectural Department at South Valley University, Aswan, Egypt. Ahmed is involved in teaching different modules to undergraduate students. In 2004, Ahmed obtained a Master’s degree in the field of urban design from South Valley University in Egypt. Currently, Ahmed is doing doctoral research in the field of visual urban design at the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom. The title of Ahmed’s Ph.D. thesis is: “Toward a Qualitative Approach to the Design of the Visual Appearance of the City Centre through Its Overhead Image-Assiut City Centre as a Case Study.” In addition to the urban design, Ahmed is interested in city planning, architectural design, architectural education and sustainable cities. Ahmed can communicate in Arabic, English and German.

Jonathon Bush

Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK

Jonathon Bush is a senior lecturer and postgraduate admissions tutor at the University of Huddersfield.

Prof. Magdy Radwan

The Head of Architectural Department, Faculty of Engineering, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt

Magdy Radwan is the head of the Architectural department in the Faculty of Engineering at Assiut University, Egypt.

Dr. Khaled Salah Said Abdelmagid

Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt

Khaled Salah Said Abdelmagidas is a lecturer in the department of Architecture, in the faculty of Engineering at Assiut University, Egypt.