Wayfinding and Spatial Configuration: evidence from street corners

Beatrix Emo, Christoph Hoelscher, Jan Wiener, Ruth Dalton

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings: Eighth International Space Syntax Symposium
EditorsMargarita Greene, José Reyes, Andrea Castro
Place of PublicationSantiago de Chile
ISBN (Print)978-956-345-862-6
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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