13th April 2015

Fuelling the sharing economy

For over a quarter of a century, Space Syntax has pioneered the development of science-based techniques to understand and predict human behaviour and its impacts in buildings and urban areas. Our mission is to share our knowledge, methods and experience as widely as possible to improve outcomes for all.

This year we will be launching a new website and a comprehensive Online Training Platform and are looking forward to a whole range of activities and events which will further the dissemination of the Space Syntax approach.

If you are interested in collaborating with us, please get in touch.

Anna Rose

Smart as Cities talks now available online

Space Syntax celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and we marked the occasion by holding a series of stimulating ‘Smart as Cities’ events. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the series such a success. All of the presentations were filmed and put onto our website. As a collection they provide a unique snapshot into current thinking and opinion from leading experts.

Space Syntax celebrates Chinese New Year in Changchun

Space Syntax is delivering a year-long training programme for staff at CIUPD (Changchun Institute of Urban Planning and Design). The objective is to provide a basic understanding of our theoretical and methodological principles.

Trainees will gain the knowledge necessary to undertake spatial accessibility analyses and to apply these to the evaluation of both existing and proposed urban areas.

This training programme forms part of the activities of the emerging Space Syntax Academy, providing professional training, lectures, seminars and workshops at companies and universities in the UK and internationally. Previous training partners include University College London, Oxford Brookes University, the Architectural Association, Harvard University, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Delft University of Technology and SWECO.

Jeddah Plans win prestigious award

The Jeddah Plans project won the Aecom See Further Go Further 2015 Award in the Transforming Communities category. The project, carried out by Space Syntax in partnership with Aecom, has produced an integrated suite of planning documents to help Jeddah accommodate a forecast population growth of over 3m inhabitants during the next 20 years. The project made use of Integrated Urban Modelling to link Strategic, Sub-Regional, Structural and Local Plans.

Space Syntax principal sponsor of 10th Symposium

The 10th Space Syntax Symposium (SSS10) will be held in London from 13 to 17 July 2015, at University College London, Bloomsbury. The aim of the symposium is to bring together scholars, practitioners and students to share knowledge, discuss theories and practical applications and to explore directions for future inquiry. Space Syntax Limited is delighted to support this important event in this year’s conference calendar.

Winning Business – The Future of Smart Cities and Urban Innovation

In partnership with the Mayor of London and UKTI, Space Syntax organised a one day workshop at City Hall at the beginning of March.

With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, integrated urban solutions have emerged as a new and exciting market across the planet. It is estimated that by 2020 the global market for smart urban solutions and services will be worth around £250bn.

SME’s were invited to find out about upcoming UKTI trade missions and how to connect with international experts and key industry partners in emerging smart cities markets.

The Future City

What will changing technologies, demographics and lifestyles mean for our cities? How can emerging tools help future proof cities and their citizens? What might your city look like in 2065?

These were the questions asked by a recent exhibition in London, curated by Space Syntax colleague Nick Francis, as part of his involvement with the Foresight Future of Cities Project, and in partnership with the RIBA. The exhibition, held at the RIBA, examined some of the UK’s key urban challenges over the coming decades.

If you missed this popular exhibition, you can keep up to date with current information and analysis by following the Future of Cities blog.

Space Syntax to work on new Garden City in Ebbsfleet

Working with Aecom, Space Syntax has been appointed by the HCA to prepare a spatial baseline study for the Ebbsfleet Garden City project. Ebbsfleet is one of the first of the new Garden Cities projects to be progressed, with the aim of reducing the UKs housing shortage. Our team will provide predictive spatial analytics to the project team. This will deliver two outputs: firstly to explain how patterns of connectivity affect movement at different scales of journey, and secondly to benchmark the current community’s access to key services including schools and public transport.