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Older people's navigation of urban areas as pedestrians: Measuring quality of the built environment using oral narratives and virtual routes / Judith, Phillips

Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume: 100, Issue: 1-2, Pages: 163 - 168

Swansea University Author: Judith, Phillips

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Few studies of navigation and walkability of the outdoor built environment have taken a 'virtual' approach. This study we examine the qualitative oral narratives of forty-eight older people provided while they watched film footage of a journey around an unfamiliar, urban landscape....

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Published in: Landscape and Urban Planning
ISSN: 0169-2046
Published: 2011
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa6523
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Abstract: Few studies of navigation and walkability of the outdoor built environment have taken a 'virtual' approach. This study we examine the qualitative oral narratives of forty-eight older people provided while they watched film footage of a journey around an unfamiliar, urban landscape. These are then compared with quantitative measures of the built environment. Participanrts undertook a series of pre-film cognitive/psychological tests and filled out a questionnaire covering relevant issues such as feelings about home area and navigational behaviour. In the urban environment older people found that the presence of historical and distinctive buildings to be central in navigating an unfamiliar area. A prototype index for urban landscape navigation is developed from these findings.
Keywords: Multimedia, navigation, older people,urban design quality, walking
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 1-2
Start Page: 163
End Page: 168