Deficiency of the Space Syntax method as an urban design tool in designing traditional urban space and the need for some supplementary methods

Document Type : Original Article


1 A Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran.

2 A Student of MS in Architecture at the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology.


Urban design problems have become so complex that no single designer is able to consider all aspects of a design area simultaneously. Lately the application of computerized and scientific methods have helped designers analyze complex problems. One of these new methods is Space Syntax. The purpose of this study is to first investigate the strengths and weaknesses of this method and then suggest some supplementary methods to cover its pitfalls. On the next phase Space Syntax and supplementary methods will be used to design a pedestrian pathway in the Imamzade Ghasem neighborhood as a traditional context. Space Syntax will identify the existing spatial structure and direct future changes toward its strengthening. The case study reveals that Space Syntax can be successfully used in analysis of traditional spaces, but in order to successfully design a neighborhood in such a complex context, it involves logistical shortcomings which could be eliminated through supplementary methods.


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