OmniVista:an application for isovist field and path analysis

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This paper briefly describes the software application OmniVista written for the Apple MacintoshPlatform. OmniVista is essentially an isovist generating application, which uses the 2d planof a building or urban environment as input data, and then can be used in one of threemodal ways. Firstly, point isovists can be generated by ?clicking? onto any location in theenvironment. Secondly, all navigable space can be flood-filled with points, which may then beused to generate a field of isovists. Finally, a path of points can be used to examine howisovist properties vary along the path - the results of this can either be output as numericaldata, or exported as a series of pictures, which may be combined to form an animation of thevarying isovists along the route. This paper will examine all three modes of use in turn,starting from the simplest (point) to the more complex (the path). A description and equationfor all isovist measures used in the application will also be given as an appendix to thepaper.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2001
Event3rd International Space Syntax Symposium - Atlanta, GA
Duration: 1 May 2001 → …


Conference3rd International Space Syntax Symposium
Period1/05/01 → …


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