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THE HELPFUL LOOP WE’RE NOT AWARE OF

THE HELPFUL LOOP WE’RE NOT AWARE OF

As is the case with most human behaviour, nothing is coincidental when finding one’s way in an unknown environment. Muna al Ibrahim, a Swedish researcher, narrows the wayfinding process down to two steps: The first one – the planning step – consists of information processing and decision making. With the second step – the executing – we follow the plan, we’ve just made.

According to Muna al Ibrahim every step we take is done with help from the logic of this circular process. We constantly move forward according to our inner plan. However, we experience the two steps in the loop as one process. Muna al Ibrahim states: “In reality, (…) it can be difficult to say which one comes first. The actual final outcome of a wayfinding decision can be either positive (reaching the intended destination), or negative (not finding it, or getting lost); therefore, the navigating subject needs continuous feedback from the environmental features to successively develop the overall wayfinding plan, forming new plans as the wayfinding progresses.” At Triagonal we’re happy to provide some of these environmental features that help plan the wayfinding.

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