Comprehension of Layout Complexity: effects of architectural expertise and mode of presentation

Hoelscher, Christoph and Dalton, Ruth (2008) Comprehension of Layout Complexity: effects of architectural expertise and mode of presentation. In: Design Computing and Cognition '08: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition. Springer, London, pp. 159-178. ISBN 978-1-4020-8727-1

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This paper presents an experiment on judgments of design complexity, based on two modes of stimuli: the layouts of corridor systems in buildings shown in plan view and movies of simulated walkthroughs. Randomly selected stimuli were pre-sented to 166 subjects: 'experts' (architects or students currently enrolled on an architectural course) and 'lay people' (all others). The aims were to investigate whether there were differences between these two groups in terms of their judgments of building complexity, effects of modality of stimuli and if any environ-mental measures (geometric or complexity-based) correlated with the assessments. The results indicate that indeed complexity and wayfinding ratings show distinct patterns. Architects are more sensitive to differences between complexity and wayfinding ratings in the plan views, while lay-people provided more distinctive ratings for movies. Similarly, lay-people judged the same materials to be simpler and easier when seen as ego-centric movies, with architects showing the opposite pattern. The judgments of both groups correlated highly with a number of envi-ronmental measures, with architects providing greater differentiation regarding layout symmetry.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
K100 Architecture
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 15:37
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 22:29

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