Wayfinding and Spatial Configuration: evidence from street corners

Emo, Beatrix, Hoelscher, Christoph, Wiener, Jan and Dalton, Ruth (2012) Wayfinding and Spatial Configuration: evidence from street corners. In: Proceedings: Eighth International Space Syntax Symposium. PUC, Santiago de Chile, pp. 1-16. ISBN 978-956-345-862-6

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Experimental subjects choose where to go at various street corners in the City of London. A total of 532 decisions of 20 participants at 28 street corners provide a rich set of data. Based on this evidence, a model for the role of spatial geometry in wayfinding is proposed. An admixture of local and global space syntax measures of spatial configuration explains where people move; global integration proving to be a particularly dominant variable. Controls single out the impacts of lighting and affordances; other persons and traffic serving as particularly strong attractors. The experiment sheds new light on the role of the space syntax model for analysing individual spatial decisions.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: C800 Psychology
K100 Architecture
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: Prof Ruth Dalton
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 16:20
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 12:35
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6505

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