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Wayfinding and Spatial Configuration: evidence\ud from street corners

By Beatrix Emo, Christoph Hoelscher, Jan Wiener and Ruth Dalton

Abstract

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

Topics: C800, K100, K400
Publisher: PUC
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:nrl.northumbria.ac.uk:6505

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