Community Wayfinding: Pathways to Understanding

  • Rebecca H. Hunter
  • Lynda A. Anderson
  • Basia L. Belza

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Foundations of Wayfinding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rebecca H. Hunter, Lynda A. Anderson, Basia L. Belza
      Pages 3-16
    3. Ann E. Vandenberg
      Pages 17-32
  3. The Community Environment and Wayfinding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Michael R. King, Elise de Jong
      Pages 61-79
    3. Jon A. Sanford
      Pages 81-101
  4. Tools and Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Sean P. Mullen, Daniel E. Palac, Lucinda L. Bryant
      Pages 137-151
    3. Marlon Maus, David A. Lindeman, William A. Satariano
      Pages 153-167
  5. Practice and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Chanam Lee
      Pages 171-193
    3. Edward R. Stollof
      Pages 213-225
    4. Scott Bricker
      Pages 227-244
  6. Integrative Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Ditte Bendix Lanng, Ole B. Jensen
      Pages 247-260
    3. Rebecca H. Hunter, Steven P. Hooker, Daniela B. Friedman
      Pages 261-277
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 279-282

About this book


This book examines wayfinding from a broad public health perspective and articulates what needs to be done to create better wayfinding for all people regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. Addressing both science and the human experience, the book brings together a group of international experts to examine community wayfinding from a variety of viewpoints. 

It first presents a critical foundation for understanding wayfinding from an individual perspective. Next, it describes relevant design principles and practices by drawing upon architecture, environmental graphic design, universal design (UD), and urban planning. The book then goes on to examine wayfinding tools and innovative technologies ranging from maps to apps to complex systems. In addition, coverage includes case studies, lessons from wayfinding improvement initiatives, and recommendations for future research, practice, and policy. 

Overall, the book focuses on the economic and commercial benefits of good wayfinding, its potential impact on the health of individuals and communities, as well as strategies for the journey ahead. It will appeal to numerous professionals across many disciplines from architecture and cartography to public health and urban planning. Additionally, the book can help advance a dialogue among those interested in enhancing the livability of their communities.


Examining community wayfinding Individual wayfinding ability and performance Science and human experience of wayfinding Sensory, cognitive or age-related limitations Urban planning Environmental Psychology Public health

Editors and affiliations

  • Rebecca H. Hunter
    • 1
  • Lynda A. Anderson
    • 2
  • Basia L. Belza
    • 3
  1. 1.Ctr fr HealthPromotion&DiseasePreventionUniv of North Carolina at Chapel HiCHAPEL HILLUSA
  2. 2.Division of Population HealthCntrs for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Biobehavioral Nursing and Health SystemsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31070-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31072-5
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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Public Health