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Linking building-circulation typology and wayfinding: design, spatial analysis, and anticipated wayfinding difficulty of circulation types

Natapov, A; Kuliga, S; Dalton, RC; Hölscher, C; (2020) Linking building-circulation typology and wayfinding: design, spatial analysis, and anticipated wayfinding difficulty of circulation types. Architectural Science Review , 63 (1) pp. 34-46. 10.1080/00038628.2019.1675041. Green open access

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Abstract

Understanding how people interpret building circulation is a critical topic for architectural design. However, few studies have examined relationships between architectural circulation and human wayfinding processes. To assess this, we propose a cognitive–architectural description of circulation typology. Based on a prominent architectural case, we explore a graph-based method to create systematically modified building layouts. We develop three distinct circulation types, linear, curved, and grid-based, which differ in their geometrical structure but are comparable in their functional and topological organizations. We conduct an objective spatial analysis of layout visibility and examine subjective judgments of wayfinding difficulty. Based on the subjective judgments, the linear circulation is the easiest of the three and the grid-based the most difficult, while the curved circulation is intermediate. This is only partially in line with the results of the objective analyses. Hence, we conclude that further behavioural validation is needed to clarify our findings.

Type: Article
Title: Linking building-circulation typology and wayfinding: design, spatial analysis, and anticipated wayfinding difficulty of circulation types
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00038628.2019.1675041
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/00038628.2019.1675041
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions
Keywords: Circulation typology, anticipated wayfinding, spatial cognition, space syntax, architectural design research, visibility
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10085475
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