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, P.-Y., Zheng, M.-C., & Hibino, H. (2017). Map Design in Subway Stations through Passengers’ Wayfinding Behavior Perspective. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, 2(2), 105-115.