The Legibility Efficacy of Historical Neighborhoods in Creating a Cognitive Map for Citizens

Askarizad, Reza and He, Jinliao and Mehrinejad Khotbehsara, Elham ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7754-926X (2022) The Legibility Efficacy of Historical Neighborhoods in Creating a Cognitive Map for Citizens. Sustainability, 14 (15). pp. 1-20.

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Abstract

Nowadays, historical neighborhoods in Iran are in a state of decay due to the lack of spatial legibility with respect to their organic spatial layout. Hence, the level of interaction among people and their perception of the environment has gradually diminished. Historical neighborhoods no longer possess their former prosperity and function, and citizens prefer to inhabit neighborhoods with newer configurations to meet their demands. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of the spatial legibility of historical neighborhoods in creating a suitable cognitive map for citizens. Quantitative and qualitative methods were applied using a questionnaire and simulation test instruments. In addition, in order to analyze the spatial configuration of the target areas, the Space Syntax method was implemented using Depthmap 10. The findings indicated that landmarks and navigation signs were identified as the most important factors affecting legibility from the viewpoint of users. Furthermore, the correlation between integration and connectivity illustrated that the studied areas possessed poor spatial legibility due to the organic texture of their spatial configurations. Accordingly, solutions such as enhancing the interaction between highly integrated streets and identified landmarks were emphasized to ameliorate the legibility of these spaces. The present study contributes to sustainable urban design with respect to the rejuvenation of historical districts by proposing a set of pragmatic alterations of urban spatial configurations. This research may be fruitful for urban designers, planners and managers seeking to revitalize historical neighborhoods.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Engineering (1 Jan 2022 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Engineering (1 Jan 2022 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2022 02:18
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 01:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive map; historical neighborhood; intelligibility; landmark; legibility; mental image; permeability; space syntax; spatial configuration; sustainable development
Fields of Research (2020): 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330409 Transport planning
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330411 Urban design
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330410 Urban analysis and development
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330404 Land use and environmental planning
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330413 Urban planning and health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110402 Socio-cultural issues in tourism
27 TRANSPORT > 2702 Environmentally sustainable transport activities > 270299 Environmentally sustainable transport activities not elsewhere classified
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Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su14159010
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/50647

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