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Title: From spaces to places : proposal for wayfinding system in Nanyang Technological University
Authors: Cheong, Elena Yu Qing
Keywords: DRNTU::Visual arts and music
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: “(It’s) extremely easy to get lost” is one of the many feedbacks which came from students when a survey was conducted among students to find out what they thought about the current wayfinding system in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Hence, From Spaces to Places: Proposal for Wayfinding System in NTU is a self-initiated project aimed to solve this issue through redesigning the current wayfinding system to make navigation around campus easier. Why From Spaces to Places? To me, Spaces in this context refers to areas which are unidentified and unknown and hence can only be called as such. For example, when referring to the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), this space would be described as “the building with a green roof”. In contrast, Places refer to areas that are known and hence ADM would be identified by its name, “School of Art, Design and Media” without any ambiguity. In his book, Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience, Chinese-US Geographer Yi-Fu Tuan describes the relationship between space and place as “What begins as undifferentiated space becomes place as we get to know it better and endow it with value.” Hence, the importance of the differentiation between space and place becomes even more poignant as place allows the accumulation of value whereas space suggests movement and transit therefore denying its possibility as place.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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