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Intelligibility / Legibility

Architectural intelligibility or legibility has historically focused on how architectural features help people create an effective mental model, or cognitive map of the spatial relationships in a building or urban landscape, and how this facilitates wayfinding. Beyond wayfinding, intelligibility may also be used to refer to the comprehensibility of a space. What are the potential uses of a space or configuration? What would one expect to see people doing in there? Questions about the logic of a layout may also be addressed. Where is the obvious place to locate elevators, washrooms.

Intelligibility/ Legibility: Open Discussion

Intelligibility/ Legibility: Architect's questions for scientists