Navigating complex buildings: cognition, neuroscience and architectural design

Dalton, Ruth, Spiers, Hugo and Hoelscher, Christoph (2010) Navigating complex buildings: cognition, neuroscience and architectural design. In: NSF International Workshop on Studying Visual and Spatial Reasoning for Design Creativity SDC'10, 14 - 15 June 2010, Aix-en-Provence, France.

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Abstract

This paper is in two sections, the first section presents a review of recent research in the areas of neuroscience, cognitive science and architecture with particular respect to what is currently understood about how buildingusers
find their way around complex buildings. It goes on to define four areas of promising, potential future research located on the boundaries between these three disciplines, these being: spatial knowledge acquisition, orientation, multilevel environments and environment intelligibility. In the second half of the paper, it suggests how such current research and/or any future program of research could be used to aid architects in the design of new buildings. One such method suggested is the creation of designguidelines
or heuristics based upon research into navigation and wayfinding. The paper concludes with an example list of eight sample guidelines.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: C800 Psychology
K100 Architecture
K200 Building
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2011 21:51
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 06:36
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3873

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