Map Design in Subway Stations through Passengers’ Wayfinding Behavior Perspective

  • Pei-Ying Li
  • Meng-Cong Zheng
  • Haruo Hibino


This empirical study of behavioural observation with a verbal report attempts to understand the process of map-reading for purposes of wayfinding in a subway station at Taipei in Taiwan. Subjects were required to find the shortest way in reaching an exit via three manners - without a map, aided by 2D, and 3D map. The results indicated that the design of underground space maps should support a direction and floor wayfinding strategy, plus the selection of a suitable angle of vision.. Important considerations include marking the nearest exit, marking scale, intensifying wall performance, and clarifying the discrimination of different floors and areas.

Keywords: subway station, map-reading, map design, wayfinding.

© 2017 The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, UniversitiTeknologi MARA, Malaysia.

How to Cite
LI, Pei-Ying; ZHENG, Meng-Cong; HIBINO, Haruo. Map Design in Subway Stations through Passengers’ Wayfinding Behavior Perspective. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 105-115, jan. 2017. ISSN 2514-751X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 30 mar. 2020. doi:

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