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Table 2 Basic variables of CLGTS Symbols

From: Visualizing the cultural landscape gene of traditional settlements in China: a semiotic perspective

Variable Description Symbol example Note
Shape The shape characteristics of the material carriers or indication objects of CLGTS The enclosure shapes of the house or yard
Texture The distribution characteristics of the regional CLGTS Some CLGTS can be distributed across regions or areas
Size The size of the material carriers or indication objects of CLGTS The dimensions of houses, yards, primary common buildings
Pattern Some special patterns with the given traditional cultural meanings of CLGTS The decoration patterns are widely used in the traditional settlements
Color Different colors can be used to distinguish the details of the similar CLGTS The traditional Siheyuan Buildings have many variations in China
Layout The whole spatial layout CLGTS of a given traditional settlement is usually designed according to the geo-environment conditions Suoyuan Ancient Village (located in the Yiwu City of Zhejiang Province) is famous for the spatial layout “Seven-Star-Around-Moon”