At Space Syntax we know that the success of places depends not only on their detailed design but also on the strength of their connections to the wider city. Get these global links wrong and, no matter how good the local design, a development is doomed. But make the links too strong and you lose local identity, ending up with nothing more than more of the same.
Urban planning is a balancing act and, if you want to know whether or not a new scheme is going to work, it helps to have a measure. Our unique methodology provides such an approach: analysing the balance between local distinctiveness and global connectedness.
In this month’s Newsletter, we look at Space Syntax’s current plans for sustainable urban growth in Darwin, Australia. A major masterplan proposal has been created through careful design of the spatial layout – producing striking, new development that complements, rather than competes with, the existing urban fabric.