Perception of three-dimensional urban scale in an immersive virtual environment
This paper presents a qualitative study of perception of scale. The study took place in an immersive virtual environment. The participants were asked to navigate in six virtual urban environments which had the same configuration but different properties of scale or proportion. The participants had to fill in a questionnaire of which the analysis is presented in this paper. Through this study a main hypothesis for the perception of scale has been created. This is that the perception of form affects the perception of both geometrical and topological properties of space. A new definition of scale is introduced which is the relation of form to space. This study also brings up the issue of the dualism of form and space in the existing literature and how this dualism can be overcome with the study of scale. Keywords: scale, perception, space syntax, virtual environment, navigation
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