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Space Syntax Toolkit for QGIS – introduction and recent developments

Jorge Gil1, Stephen Law1, Ioanna Kolovou2, Abhimanyu Acharya2

  1. University College London, United Kingdom.
  2. Space Syntax Limited, London, United Kingdom.

(Full-day workshop)

Over recent years GIS has become an essential platform to carry out all sorts of spatial data management, analysis and visualisation of the built environment, in particular at the urban and regional scales. The space syntax research community has also been demonstrative of this trend, with tools such as Axwoman, Confeego or Place Syntax being developed for commercial GIS platforms. The “Space Syntax Toolkit” (SST) is an open source QGIS plug-in for spatial network and statistical analysis. It provides a front-end for the depthmapX software within QGIS, offering seamless space syntax axial and segment analysis workflows in a GIS environment.

The aim of this workshop is to give participants a first-hand experience of the SST and to learn about its new tools. If you’re giving the first steps into GIS for space syntax research, then this workshop will ease you into the process by introducing you to this user-friendly tool. If you already use QGIS, then this is the opportunity to learn about the latest developments of the SST, discuss its possibilities beyond the typical workflows, and contribute to its future development.

Defining the Shortest Route – empirical and analytical methods

Beatrix Emo1, Martin Bielik2, Victor Schinazi1, Reinhard Koenig2, Christoph Hoelscher1

  1. ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  2. Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany

(Full-day workshop)

Multiple methods for defining the shortest path during navigation exist. Competing theories are based on individual factors, or a combination of factors, such as metric distance, angular displacement and topological changes. The aim of this workshop is to share current research from the field of spatial cognition and to introduce computational tools for its application to space syntax analysis.

The workshop will be based on a hands-on, out-of-doors navigation exercise, whose results will inform a subsequent tutorial on how the different models can be accounted for in space syntax analysis. Innovations in analytic methods currently being developed will be demonstrated and tested.

Beyond its empirical and analytical objectives, this workshop will also provide a forum to discuss open questions as, for example: whether the least angle theory, often adopted in space syntax analysis, is the best approach; the validity of other models; and how these could be applied to a space syntax study.

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Connecting Space Syntax with Policy Making

Tom Bolton1, Nicholas Francis2, Francesca Froy1

  1. University College London, United Kingdom.
  2. Space Syntax Limited, London, United Kingdom.

(Half-day workshop)

The purpose of this workshop is to present new research assessing the impact of space syntax, as a discipline, on policy making. The researchers have been conducting literature review and policy consultation activities in a UK context, to understand how and where space syntax research has been applied to policy decisions, and what the barriers are to wider policy impact.

A short presentation will set up a round-table debate about how researchers can encourage and enable the use of the space syntax evidence base by policy makers. The purpose of the workshop is to engage with the international community of space syntax researchers and design practitioners; to communicate the lessons learned from engagement with policymakers in the UK; and to inform a more widespread, international discussion on how Space Syntax could become a more policy-focused tool, directing future development strategies.

The researchers are keen to hear from anyone with experience of influencing policy audiences through space syntax research. Come to the workshop to discuss successes and challenges; to help shape a wider research programme; to identify gaps in the space syntax evidence base and to develop materials for policy makers in different international contexts.

Data Analysis And Machine Learning With Geo-Spatial Data

Tasos Varoudis1, Stephen Law1

  1. University College London, United Kingdom

(Full-day workshop)

This workshop will focus on the ‘standard’ sequence of steps that spatial analysts and data scientists take for the exploration and visualisation of complex problems. The workshop is intended for both researchers and practitioners who seek to learn or develop additional data analysis and visualization skills, machine learning and reproducible research methods.

We will specifically cover topics in spatial data manipulation, basic statistics and visualisation, and data analysis from a machine learning point of view (including basic theory of computational learning and well established examples). Each step will be accompanied by practical hands-on examples and 1:1 help from the tutors. The final stage of the workshop will focus on fusing what we learned with practical ways to produce deliverables and reproducible research. The target is to work on a small project and produce visualisations and other geospatial outputs by the end of the day. For the final stage we encourage attendees to bring they very own data, if they happen to have a spatial dataset that they intent to explore.

The workshop will predominantly use OpenSource software and platforms including QGIS and Python; we will start with QGIS, later jumping to Python and finally coming back to QGIS in order to promote synergy with other geo-spatial methods. Basic experience of GIS is advisable, but no prior knowledge of data analysis, machine learning or programming languages are required. ‘Easy-install’ bundles for all platforms will be provided.

Depthmap X

Akkie van Nes1

  1. Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, Netherlands; The University College Bergen, Norway.

(Half-day workshop)

This workshop is the opportunity to learn how to use “depthmapX”, the most popular space syntax software. The workshop is open for newcomers as well as regular depthmapX users who want to update their skills. A wide range of the software’s analytical possibilities will be demonstrated (e.g. axial, segment and all-lines analysis, visibility graph analysis, agent based analysis). Participants are invited to bring with them their laptops and a DXF file (with convex or axial maps) of the building or built-environment they wish to analyse. In the absence of concrete case studies, generic ones will be provided, so that everybody may participate and enjoy the demonstration.

DepthSpace3D – a digital tool for 3D space syntax analysis

Franklim Morais1, Catarina Ruivo2

  1. Escola Superior Artística do Porto, Portugal.
  2. Faculdade de Arquitetura da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.

(Full-day workshop)

The workshop will present, demonstrate and give proficiency in “DepthSpace3D” – a new 3D Space Syntax analysis software, free for academic use. This new digital tool aims at increasing the range of possibilities concerning 3D analysis, which seems to have advantages over current 2D space syntax analysis, in cases such as, for example: rough altimetry of the ground in urban spaces; dynamic volumetric geometries (regarding size, configuration, elevation and interpenetration); and joint analysis of the interior of each building and the middle-scale urban environment, especially when there are high-rise buildings. 3D analysis may also be a powerful tool in formalizing the classical theoretical and aesthetical concepts of architecture.

With the help of small case studies, the workshop will focus on: i) creation and edition of the 3D geometries of the spaces considered for analysis; ii) computation of space syntax measures in 3D space; ii) visualization and interpretation of the results, both in graphic and numerical formats. Participants should be practitioners or researchers with some familiarity with space syntax concepts, and preferably having previous practice of 2D space syntax software.