About Space Syntax

Space syntax is a theory and set of methods for the socio-spatial analysis of settlements and buildings of all kinds and sizes. Space syntax was pioneered in the 1970s by Bill Hillier, Julienne Hanson and colleagues at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Today, space syntax is used in research, teaching and design in hundreds of universities and professional practices worldwide. Built on mathematical algorithms and geospatial computer technology, space syntax provides for analysis of spatial configurations of all kinds and at all scales.

Research using the space syntax approach has shown how:

  • movement patterns are powerfully shaped by spatial layout
  • patterns of security and insecurity are affected by spatial design
  • this relation¬†shapes the evolution of the centres and sub-centres that makes cities liveable
  • spatial segregation and social disadvantage are related in cities
  • buildings can create more interactive organisational cultures


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