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    Free Webinar - Why people get lost in buildings
    From: David Pike
    Date: 2021 Feb 2, 08:53 -0800

    The next RIN free webinar at 7.00PM on Wednesday 10th February (a week tomorrow) hasn’t got much to do with celestial but is interesting nevertheless. In the standard plot for TV thrillers, the ‘hitman’ invariably gets into the vital witness’ hospital room having fooled the police guard by wearing a white coat and a stethoscope.  But how likely is that in real life?  Anyone who’s ever tried to find their way to a particular hospital department or other part of a large building or store might beg to disagree.

    Believe it or not, getting lost in a building has proved fatal*.  Most research on ‘waylosing’** builds on studies using virtual environments or rats in mazes. In next week’s talk, Dr Colette Jeffrey will share her ideas on real world indoor navigation, the influence of navigator cognition, four wayfinding strategies that frequently lead to waylosing, and how design and technology can help make buildings more navigable.

    About the speaker: Dr Colette Jeffrey is Associate Professor of Wayfinding and Inclusive Design at Birmingham City University. Having written the NHS official guidance on Wayfinding twenty years ago, Colette spent many years designing sign systems, building diagrams, maps and wayfinding strategies for over 60 complex buildings including 30 NHS hospitals, Tower Bridge, Wembley Arena and most recently, two university campuses in London. She was Inclusive Design Director for TfL’s Legible London pedestrian wayfinding system, and she is Director and co-Chair of the Sign Design Society, and a Council member and Associate Fellow of RIN.

    NavList members are invited to attend this webinar.  You can register for the talk by visiting this page https://rin.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1466044&group= and clicking the register button. DaveP

    *New Mum Collapses And Dies In Hospital Stairwell After Getting 'Lost' | HuffPost UK (huffingtonpost.co.uk)

    Lost patient dies alone in hospital after getting trapped in abandoned ward | Daily Mail Online

    How Bernard Gore died after getting lost in a Westfield shopping centre stairwell (news.com.au)

    **’Waylosing’. When the maps, signs, and signals meant to help us find our way instead send us astray. (Pinterest)

       
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