10 Apr “The Image of the Water City” published in Journal of Urban Design 24(5)
Kevin Lynch’s theory of imageability was used to examine the contributions of imageability elements (landmarks, paths, nodes, edges and districts) and components (structure, identity and meaning) to the image of the water city. Through conducting cognitive mapping, photovoice and non-visual protocols in eight cities, waterscape mappability, identifiability and attachment were measured as water-based structure, identity and meaning. To generate measures for the image of the water city, independent raters evaluated the identifiability of sketch maps. Regression analyses suggest that only canal mappability (the structure of water-based paths) significantly contributed to all measures for the image of the water city.