Space Syntax Introduction (12-20-18)

Anyone looking for a straightforward introduction to space syntax should read Haq’s recent article. As he states, “Space Syntax investigates layouts, seen in plan drawings; but this is done from mature theoretical arguments about function in those spaces. While theories of society were at the genesis of Space Syntax, it has branched into cognition, transportation, economics, and so on, and has been used to investigate buildings, cities, and regions. . . . This article concentrates on explaining the analytical techniques of Space Syntax. . . .  Since dedicated Space Syntax software can analyze vector drawings quickly, it is immediately useful to the practitioner. Layout proposals at different stages of design can be quickly evaluated, and changes made as needed and re-tested. Similarly, it can be a useful tool for Post Occupancy Evaluations to test the effect of layouts.”

Saif Haq.  “Where We Walk Is What We See:  Foundational Concepts and Analytical Techniques of Space Syntax.”  HERD:  Health Environments Research and Design Journal, in press, https://doi.org/10.1177/1937586718812436