Ability and Intelligibility: Wayfinding and Environmental Cognition in the Designed Environment

Saif Haq, Sara Girotto

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There seems to be a growing consensus in the literature that topological variables, both in the environment and in the sketch maps, are reliable indicators of wayfinding performance. Additionally, there are other suggestions regarding the use of topological variables to characterize and measure overall environments. In this regard, it has been reported that topologically derived configurational measures may provide a better sense of the ease or difficulty that each environment may present to an immersed and moving subject within it. A clarification of such claims is an important focus of this paper. Regarding the externalization of cognitive understanding, the technique of sketch mapping has a long tradition. However, there are many ways by which these maps have been analyzed. The inclusion of Space Syntax methods provides a new dimension. A comparison of Space Syntax with some other tools of sketch map analysis is a secondary focus here. These and other similar issues are explored
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68.1-68.20
JournalThe Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London
StatePublished - Jun 2003

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