The Iconic Language in Reading and Interpretation of the Cognitive Map

The Case Study of Individual Rural Housing Lemzara, Setif


  • A. Omari Mediterranean Architecture Research Laboratory, Department of Architecture, Ferhat Abbas Setif University 1, Algeria
  • M. Bousnina Mediterranean Architecture Research Laboratory, Department of Architecture, Ferhat Abbas Setif University 1, Algeria


The graphic representation of the "vision" of the land planner in identifying rural communities entails several cognitive mechanisms. This first step of establishing a basic degree of environmental awareness is critical. The assignment requires the capacity to embody a complex visual world and convey it graphically in a simple and illustrated manner. This article examines an intervention in a rural agglomeration's space. It is a set of ordered functions endowed with meaning. The article aims to scientifically explain the process of creating a participatory habitat and investigate the experience of the occupants by developing a scientific language with graphomotor capabilities around the concepts of vision, space, and representations. The method used is the collection and interpretation of twelve cognitive maps created by the designer and residents of Douar Lemzara, Setif, Algeria. The concepts and models of cognitive mapping point to the conclusion that the cognitive map is an effective method for reading the environment's actual information. Cognitive map analysis enables a better understanding of the most prominent physical characteristics of urban areas. Based on the analysis of respondents' cognitive maps, it is recommended to prioritize the treatment of Algeria's urban environment and engage residents in land use and planning. This opportunity to investigate and approach cognitive representations of space represents a novel mode of investigation and enrichment of the toolkits of various stakeholders in space, as well as an opportunity to improve inhabitants' experience.


Vision, rural, mind map, representation, cognitive mechanisms, inhabitant experience


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A. Omari and M. Bousnina, “The Iconic Language in Reading and Interpretation of the Cognitive Map: The Case Study of Individual Rural Housing Lemzara, Setif”, Eng. Technol. Appl. Sci. Res., vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 8532–8541, Jun. 2022.


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