Effects Of Legibility And Complexity On Path Choice Behavior Correlative With Walking Behavior In The Urban Setting

, Mohammad Paydar and Said, Ismail (2010) Effects Of Legibility And Complexity On Path Choice Behavior Correlative With Walking Behavior In The Urban Setting. In: Proceedings Second International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment, 1-2th June 2010, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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Abstract

Background of Study: According to the pedestrian behavior models which have been formed based on the concept of utility maximization, understanding path choice behavior of pedestrians would be one step of the process to understand pedestrian’s behavior in urban spaces. These models explain that the factors affecting walking behavior could affect path choice behavior and vice versa. Statement of Problem: By considering the factors affecting path choice behavior, theoretically and empirically, it seems that several environmental factors which affect path choice behavior are related to the two qualities of complexity and legibility of the path. Therefore the effects of legibility and complexity on path choice preferences need to be considered. Approach: This paper, therefore, makes an effort to extract the definitions of complexity and legibility from the literature and the physical features and variables along the path which contribute to generation of these qualities in urban settings. This research proceeds with extracting and introducing the ways through which complexity and legibility affect path choice behavior of pedestrians. Results: A hypothetical model of the relationship between legibility and complexity and path choice behavior of pedestrians is suggested based on the definition of legibility and complexity and the environmental variables along the path contributing to generation of these two qualities. It is suggested that these qualities could affect path choice behavior of pedestrians in the urban settings in two ways; by affecting cognitive distance of the path and, by affecting aesthetic experiences of the path. Conclusion: It is concluded that the hypothesized relationships between path choice behavior and the two qualities of complexity and legibility or their indicators, extracted and introduced in this study, need to be surveyed in future researches. The relationships between the environmental variables, to be assumed as indicators of complexity and legibility, and aesthetic experiences as well as cognitive distance need to be empirically studied in future researches. Moreover, the contribution of each of the environmental variables, which are assumed as the components of legibility and complexity of the path, to generating the perceived complexity and legibility of the path need to be clarified by empirical studies. Such a consideration, especially in the urban settings which provide the opportunities of path choice for pedestrians, would contribute to planning and design of urban paths which would encourage walking.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pedestrian Behavior Model, Physical Features, Environmental Factors, Cognitive Distance, Aesthetic Experience
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:55
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:55
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/239

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