Using space syntax to understand knowledge acquisition and wayfinding in indoor environments

Rui Li*, Alexander Klippel

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

It is critical to understand how characteristics of environment influence human acquisition of spatial knowledge and wayfinding behaviors. The understanding provides insights for designing cognitively ergonomic wayfinding aids. Space syntax has been increasingly used in applications such as formal descriptions of environments and predicating wayfinding behaviors. From the perspective of cognitive geography, we review two popularly used methods of space syntax and relate them to the legibility of the environment. That is, how the elements of the environment aid the acquisition of spatial knowledge. The five elements of built environments in cognitive maps and the legibility of the environment are used as the theoretical frame to review each method. An exploratory behavioral experiment is designed to validate the formal descriptions produced by space syntax. Results indicate that different methods of space syntax have specific strengths on understanding knowledge acquisition and wayfinding behaviors in environment. Further directions of improving space syntax are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics, ICCI 2010
Pages302-307
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event9th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics, ICCI 2010 - Beijing, China
Duration: 7 Jul 20109 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 9th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics, ICCI 2010

Conference

Conference9th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics, ICCI 2010
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period7/07/109/07/10

Keywords

  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Legibility
  • Space syntax
  • Wayfinding

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