Signs in Place: Choreographing Travel Flow in Urban Spaces

By Salmiah Abdul Hamid, Ole B. Jensen and Victor Andrade.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Travelling in unfamiliar areas is usually very interesting; however, it can also be stressful. People travel or move around in an urban space according to their needs, and the environment can influence the way people move about from one place to another. If a person gets lost, a map or GPS can be an effective guidance tool. However, “signs in place” offer alternative or additional guidelines to help people with their journey. This paper, first, seeks to understand road traffic signs in terms of mobility in everyday life. It, then, attempts to distinguish the different perspectives of mobility and geosemiotic studies with regards to the road traffic signs used in urban spaces. The paper ends with a discussion on how people choreograph their movement in their everyday life from two different perspectives: above vs. below.

Keywords: Signs in Place, Mobilities, Geosemiotic, Urban Space, Choreographing, Travel Flow

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.115-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.678MB).

Salmiah Abdul Hamid

PhD Student, Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Salmiah Abdul Hamid is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Computer Graphics Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York in 2005. She has been involved in teaching graphic design fundamental courses in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak ever since. During the last 5 years of working as an academician, she has also been involved in freelance work as graphic designer. Her research interests include wayfinding system, information design, graphic design, urban studies, as well as mobility. She has also been interested in road traffic signs and hopes to have a collection of worldwide road signs photos as part of a book publication.

Ole B. Jensen

Professor of Urban Theory, Architecture and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Prof. Jensen is co-founder and board member at the ‘Centre for Mobility and Urban Studies’ (C-MUS), Aalborg University. He has researched extensively on urban mobility as cultural phenomenon and published in journals like Mobilities, Urban Studies, International Planning Studies, and European Planning Studies. He is the co-author of Making European Space. Mobility, Power, and Territorial Identity (Routledge, 2004 with Tim Richardson).

Victor Andrade

Associate Professor of Sustainable Design, Architecture and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Victor Andrade is an architect, and holds a PhD in Urban Design. Andrade has worked in the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, developing infrastructure projects and sustainable mobility. He has also worked in several urban projects in Rio de Janeiro, including the Favela, Bairro Upgrading Programme and large scale architecture projects. Andrade’s research interests focus on sustainable design and development. Currently, Andrade has been publishing articles dealing with the relation between sustainable development and urban structure and form.