Is spatial intelligibility critical to the design of large-scale virtual environments?

Ruth Conroy Dalton*

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Abstract

This paper discusses the concept of 'intelligibility', a concept usually attributed to the design of real-world environments and suggests how it might be applied to the construction of virtual environments. In order to illustrate this concept, a 3d, online, collaborative environment, AlphaWorld, is analyzed in a manner analogous to spatial analysis techniques applied to cities in the real world. The outcome of this form of spatial analysis is that AlphaWorld appears to be highly 'intelligible' at the small-scale, 'local neighborhood' level, and yet is completely 'unintelligible' at a global level. This paper concludes with a discussion of the relevance of this finding to virtual environment design plus future research applications.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Design Computing
Volume4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes

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