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11 MARCH 2011

Space Syntax: quantitative analysis of relationships between spatial layout and social, economic and environmental phenomena

"The Space Syntax approach is both an architectural theory and a software–based toolkit for the planning, design and management of the built environment. The approach investigates relationships between spatial layout and a range of social, economic and environmental phenomena including patterns of movement, public space use, land use and crime distribution. Space Syntax theory and technology was pioneered in the 1970s by Prof Bill Hillier and colleagues at University College London.

Built on quantitative analysis and geospatial computer technology, the Space Syntax approach provides a set of evidence–based techniques for the analysis of spatial configurations of all kinds, especially where spatial configuration seems to be a significant aspect of human affairs, as it is in buildings and urban areas. Applied in both academic research and practice, Space Syntax theory and technology treats cities and buildings 'space first', that is as the network of spaces that people use and move through."



architectural practice • architectural theory • architectural wayfinding • Bill Hillier • built environment • crime distribution • economic phenomena • environment design • environmental phenomena • evidence-based techniques • geospatial computer technology • human affairs • James Gibson • network of spaces • patterns of movement • phenomenal space • public spacepublic space usequantitative analysissocial phenomena • software-based toolkit • space first • space syntaxspatial configuration • spatial configurations • spatial layout • University College London • urban areas • urban planningwayfinding systems


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