Journal article

Limits of space syntax for urban design: Axiality, scale and sinuosity

Elek Pafka, Kim Dovey, Gideon DPA Aschwanden

Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science | SAGE Publications | Published : 2020


Space syntax analysis of the city as a movement economy has made major contributions to our understanding of the spatial structure of cities, particularly the importance of a mapping of network integration in relation to density, functional mix and streetlife vitality. It has focused attention of urban researchers onto the importance of the relations between the sociality and spatiality of the city. The primary methods of syntactic analysis involve a reduction of urban morphology to a set of spatial axes; here, we explore some limits to such analysis for urban design. Topological analysis of axial models has long recognized problems in accounting for distance, scale and sinuous streetscapes...

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