Much has been said against the construction of the flyovers. Among thosealready mentioned by the “movement” are the violation of the people’s right toparticipate, the need for a comprehensive masterplan, increase in vehiculardensity and air pollution, etc.These are points which speak for themselves and are understandable owing totheir tangible nature. We could readily see the need for citizen participation,the worsening traffic or air pollution. But there are the “intangibles” - factors which are not clear or definite enough to be seen nor felt easily. Many of thesefactors are related to urban design or the concepts of space. Much of it has todo with the City’s image which is crucial towards acceptability and ownershipof the City by the residents themselves. That image must impart a sense of security and livability for the city-dwellers.The classic book, entitled “Image of the City”, a required reading for urbanplanners, by Kevin Lynch, theorizes extensively about urban design. In the book, Lynch imparts that the design of cities is a temporal art, very much likethe design of buildings or paintings or literature. The difference lies in thescale of the City and the limited control which can be exercised by its plannersor administrators. While painters can exercise full control over his work of art,the many factors which influence urban design make it more difficult forplanners to control the design of the City.In designing a building or a residence, it is a basic design principle that its planshould be legible and transparent to the user. As one enters the structure, oneis able to perceive the spaces within, the circulation is clear, the location of stairs, toilets and other spaces are perceptible. With legibility, a user is able tonavigate successfully inside the building. Similarly, cities should be legible andunderstood by the residents. The streets and views are unobstructed, differentareas of the City are perceptible and boundaries between districts are clear. Ina legible environment, there is order to things, where people feel a sense of security and the City achieves a sense of place. According to Lynch, the Image of the City can be defined with reference tophysical forms conveniently classified to 5 types of elements namely: Paths,Edges, Districts, Nodes and Landmarks. Paths are the channels or the streets where people move. Along these paths, the other environmental elements arearranged and related. Edges are the barriers or boundaries of different areasor districts of the City. Districts are areas with common or shared identifyingcharacter. Nodes are strategic points where people can enter or depart.Landmarks are points of reference which may be either man-made or natural.