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Mapping the way.

With the growing need to improve the urban experience for pedestrians, good signage and orientation is vital--and many towns and cities are now adopting unified pedestrian wayfinding systems, which need to be adaptable, clear, concise and highly durable. For two recent major wayfinding projects in Cambridge and London, the modular Campus system from Woodhouse has been developed to satisfy their complex signage needs.

The Campus 'map nodes' comprise narrow, double-sided monoliths, 2250mm high and 500mm wide--ideal for cramped pavements. They feature a single panel with two maps--the immediate city area, within 10 minutes walking distance, plus the wider city context, and a list of marked destination points. In this way the nodes create a series of wayfinding 'stepping stones', which help users to create a mental map of the area. The nodes are interspersed with finger posts which reinforce the chosen route.

The physical appearance of the system was crucial--for a historic city like Cambridge, it had to be both contemporary in style, while working in a heritage context. The finger posts and node structure have a bronze, anodised aluminium finish, to match the city's lighting columns--and the bottom section of the node panel has an insert of local Ketton stone, to offer a visual link to the local environment.

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Title Annotation:In Situ
Publication:Green Places
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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