Green Views and Wayfinding (02-25-22)

Jiang and colleagues have found, via a study using immersive virtual environment (IVE) techniques, that views of green spaces through windows can make it easier to move from one part of a building to another effectively and efficiently;  their findings are readily applicable to non-healthcare space types.  The team reports that “Participants’ wayfinding performances were interpreted using several indicators, including task completion, duration, walking distance, stop, sign-viewing, and route selection. . . . participants performed better on high complexity wayfinding tasks in the IVE hospital with visible greenspaces, as indicated by less time consumed and shorter walking distance to find the correct destination, less frequent stops and sign viewing, and more efficient route selection. Participants also experienced enhanced mood states and favorable spatial experience and perceived aesthetics in the IVE hospital with visible greenspaces than the same environment without window views. . . . Hospital greenspaces located at key decision points could serve as landmarks that positively attract people’s attention, aid wayfinding, and improve their navigational experience.”

Shan Jiang, David Allison, and Andrew Duchowski.  “Hospital Greenspaces and the Impacts on Wayfinding and Spatial Experience:  An Explorative Experiment Through Immersive Virtual Environment (IVE) Techniques.”  HERD:  Health Environments Research and Design Journal, in press, https://doi.org/10.1177/19375867211067539