Appraisal of Interaction Spaces for Wayfinding in Shopping plazas in Abuja, Nigeria
OSEZUA Silas, AYUBA Philip

The concept of interaction spaces not only provide a medium of social relationship and communication to the users of a built environment but also create an avenue for getting directions and navigation within the environment. This is very important in the design of commercial centres in Abuja because it aids the control of movement, security as well as reduce the frustration of unknown regions of shopping plazas. The research method employs a case study approach where selected shopping plazas in Abuja were studied for the use of interaction spaces for navigation. Qualitative approach to data analysis was used and data was collected primarily using an observation schedule and also from secondary sources. The type and use of the available interaction spaces are analysed and appraisal is made in relation to its effectiveness in wayfinding. This paper is aimed at assessing the shopping plazas with available interaction spaces which promote easy navigation. The results of this study shows that interaction spaces provide a passive means of easy circulation, space recognition and space-user relationship in shopping plazas which by its function, is characterised by many business related activities. Interaction spaces have transformed from just providing spaces that promote social interaction and relaxation to spaces that promote easy accessibility to the different sections of the plaza, users’ comfort, proper organization, efficiency and a proper environment for productivity.

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