By using a city metaphor, the Cyber-space as digital cities integrates urban information and
creates virtual spaces for people living in the cities. However, human how to entry into the new
emerging digital place, to percept and navigate themselves in around “space”? This paper studied by
the viewpoint of spatial cognition in order to explore the extension of cognition how the digital city
mapping to physical city.
The cyberspatial cognition approach in studying spatial structures of cyberspace and digital cities
is an important access. Interestingly, the most studies of cyberspace and digital cities were influenced
by the spatial knowledge of cognitive mapping, which has developed by Lynch. Their research had
indicated that human behavior in cyberspace bases on certain similarities with spatial behavior in the
physical world. Therefore, we examine our mental representations of spatial knowledge include
information about spatial relationships and about how to navigate in our environment. With this
background on spatial knowledge and cognitive cyberspace, we will describe the co-exit relations of
digital and physical city, then to treat the cognitive difference on mapping the physical and digital city.