In a wide world of wayfinding, we’re guiding people
“Wayfinding and orientation form integral parts of people’s daily lives. We have to find our way through cities, through buildings, along streets and highways, using public transportation etc.. Many times the environment to be navigated is unfamiliar: People are there for the first time and to find a goal without a previously acquired mental map. They depend on external information or knowledge in the world. Such knowledge resides in the environment and is communicated through signs, guidance systems and architectural clues.”
Herbert Seevinck is the passionate driver of the international expansion of Mijksenaar and a dedicated peoples person. He is responsible for all business aspects of Mijksenaar and general management of the company.
Dr. Willem-Jan Renger, head of the Innovation Studio at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, is driving citizen engagement in smart city planning using methods generally seen in computer game creation, as part of an international consortium of cities, IRIS.
The C&A Foundation engaged Local Projects to create their launchpad exhibition about sustainable fashion, designed with sustainable materials aimed at enabling the widespread adoption of good fashion practices. Based in Amsterdam, this temporary exhibition was brought to life in just eight weeks, from concept to installation—in advance of the final exhibition to come in 2018.
The Juliana Children’s Hospital in The Hague (the Netherlands) is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in The Netherlands. It was designed by MVSA Architects (consortium VolkerWesselsHaga) using patient-centered Planetree design concepts including natural light, ease of orientation and a welcoming, hospitality-oriented ethos.
One of the most eye-catching features of Delft’s new train station and municipal offices is its large 7700m2 vaulted ceiling, adorned with an historic city map in Delft’s blue that arches above the public lobby and station hall. The unique installation creates a memorable experience and can be seen throughout the public space, from both the city entrance as well as the platforms.
Harm Wondaal's background is in economics and information science which stand him in good stead as he observes that both economics and wayfinding are about human decision making and information processing.
In a familiar environment, wayfinding is unconscious and intuitive, people having acquired a mental map by learning and experience, accruing knowledge. In an unfamiliar environment people are dependent on “knowledge in the world”.