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A 3-hour, beginner-level introduction to the principles & methodologies used by Space Syntax in urban planning & building design practice.

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Wednesday, 27th January 2021
09:30-12:30 GMT

GBP 100.00
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Space Syntax trains individuals & organisations in the use of the Space Syntax approach: from executive training events to advanced-user courses. Our training packages cover the urban planning & building design principles we work to, as well as the methodologies we employ in professional practice.

Course objectives

1. Introduction to Space Syntax principles & methodologies.

2. Understanding the significance of Space Syntax as a human-focused approach to design.

3. Understanding key Space Syntax terminology.

4. Introduction to the mathematics behind the Space Syntax approach.

5. Implementation of Space Syntax principles in professional practice.

Course overview

Syntax_101 provides a general introduction to the principles and methodologies used in Space Syntax practice across different scales, from buildings to urban regions. 

The training cover three main topics:

– Space Syntax principles

– the methodologies used in Space Syntax analysis

– applications of Space Syntax in professional urban planning & design practice.

3 hours.


Space Syntax principles
What is Space Syntax?

What is the Space Syntax theoretical framework?

Why is space important?

What are the 5 key components of spatial network analysis?

How can Space Syntax principles inform the urban planning & design process?

Space Syntax methodologies 
How do people navigate space?

How is graph theory used to analyse how a space works?

What are the key Space Syntax measures used to analyse space?

What is angular choice and how is calculated?

What is integration and how is it calculated?

How can a space be analysed across different spatial scales?

Applications of Space Syntax in practice

Urban places.

Terminology defined on the course

1. Spatial network

2. Configuration

3. Topology 

4. Street segment

5. Graph theory

6. Spatial depth

7. Justified graph

8. Natural movement

9. Movement economy

10. Foreground network

11. Background network

12. Integration

13. Angular choice

14. Convex space

15. Visual field

16. Angle minimisation

17. Metric distance minimisation

18. Active land use

19. To movement potential

20. Through movement potential

21. Node count

22. Total depth

23. Angular step.

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