Cognition Meets Le Corbusier — Cognitive Principles of Architectural Design

  • Steffen Werner
  • Paul Long
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2685)


Research on human spatial memory and navigational ability has recently shown the strong influence of reference systems in spatial memory on the ways spatial information is accessed in navigation and other spatially oriented tasks. One of the main findings can be characterized as a large cognitive cost, both in terms of speed and accuracy that occurs whenever the reference system used to encode spatial information in memory is not aligned with the reference system required by a particular task. In this paper, the role of aligned and misaligned reference systems is discussed in the context of the built environment and modern architecture. The role of architectural design on the perception and mental representation of space by humans is investigated. The navigability and usability of built space is systematically analysed in the light of cognitive theories of spatial and navigational abilities of humans. It is concluded that a building’s navigability and related wayfinding issues can benefit from architectural design that takes into account basic results of spatial cognition research.


Spatial Information Reference System Architectural Design Spatial Knowledge Floor Plan 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steffen Werner
    • 1
  • Paul Long
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA
  2. 2.Department of ArchitectureUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA

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