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Title: Study of wayfinding behaviours in an outdoor environment
Authors: Khan I.H.
Kolay, Saptarshi
Chakrabarti A.
Chakrabarti D.
Published in: Proceedings of Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Abstract: Effective wayfinding is important for people to make their way through spaces, as it improves efficiency, accessibility, and safety. This study focusses on understanding the importance of wayfinding behaviours of people in an outdoor environment. The study area is an archaeological heritage site in the city of Delhi, India. Three navigational exercises were conducted to study the wayfinding behaviours among the users. Findings from each of the exercises are compared and evaluated. The correlation between the studied wayfinding measures is calculated and analysed to study the significant patterns in the behaviour of the participants. The results show that verbal directions for wayfinding are found to be the simplest, while directional signs and maps help in strengthening the cognitive maps of users. Users avoid unfamiliar routes, and tend to walk on the routes with more wayfinding aids, and physical structures. © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017.
Citation: Proceedings of Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, (2017), 173- 184
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Keywords: Cognitive behaviour
Outdoor environment
Wayfinding behaviour
Cognitive behaviour
Cognitive maps
Delhi , India
Heritage sites
Outdoor environment
Physical structures
Significant patterns
Behavioral research
ISBN: 9.78981E+12
ISSN: 21903018
Author Scopus IDs: 57193512719
Author Affiliations: Khan, I.H., Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667, India
Kolay, S., Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667, India
Corresponding Author: Khan, I.H.; Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of TechnologyIndia; email:
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