Isovists as a Means to Predict Spatial Experience and Behavior

  title={Isovists as a Means to Predict Spatial Experience and Behavior},
  author={Jan Malte Wiener and Gerald Franz},
  booktitle={Spatial Cognition},
Two experiments are presented studying interrelations between spatial properties of environments and both experience and spatial behavior. In order to systematically study such interrelations, a generic description of space is required that provides comparability between arbitrarily shaped environments and captures behaviorally relevant properties of space. In this study the suitability of isovist derived measurands for this purpose was explored. Isovist-based descriptions of 16 virtual indoor… 

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