The way-finding in educational modular buildings: the case of the male engineering building at Qatar university

Azzali, Simona, and Abdel Sabour, Eman (2018) The way-finding in educational modular buildings: the case of the male engineering building at Qatar university. Advances in Civil Engineering, 2018 (6076021).

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Abstract

Way-finding is the ability of people to perceive routes, flow patterns, or passageways inside and/or around a building. In other words, it is the capability of a person to know their whereabouts in a space. Modular buildings and complex spatial plan structure, in general, can be very confusing, especially from a way-finding point of view. This research attempts to measure the way-finding performance of a modular building by assessing the users’ experience in finding their way inside the Male Engineering Building at Qatar University. The study involved students, faculty, and staff members that utilize that space daily. The research focused on accessing indoor spaces as well as the walkways and spaces connected to the building. Results show that parameters as the use of colours and numbers can improve capability and swiftness in way-finding. In future research, several types of signage and visual elements will be tested, in order to understand how they can enhance way-finding efficiency and user performance within indoor spaces.

Item ID: 54611
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1687-8094
Keywords: way-finding; Doha; Qatar University; urban design
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This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Funders: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
Projects and Grants: QNRF Graduate Student Research Assistance (GSRA) grant no. GSRA1-1-1119-13007, QNRF Graduate Student Research Assistance (GSRA) grant no. GSRA1-1-1119-13006
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 02:25
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120508 Urban Design @ 70%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160514 Urban Policy @ 30%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870105 Urban Planning @ 100%
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