by Bin Jiang, Christophe Claramunt and Björn Klarqvist
In the past, many methods of spatial analysis have been developed for a better understanding and modelling of real-world phenomena. However there is still a need for exploration of new analytical techniques for modelling urban spaces. Space syntax models the spatial configurations of urban spaces by using a connectivity graph representation. Such a configuration of space identifies patterns that can be used to study urban structures and human behaviours. This paper proposes methodological and practical evaluations of the potential of the space syntax approach within GIS. We present the main principles that are the basis of space syntax, in addition to methodological perspectives for a closer integration with GIS, which should be of use for many GIS applications, such as urban planning and design.
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