Architecture Category

Designing for transaction

Today I gave a presentation to architecture students at the Graduate School of Design titled: “Designing for transaction: the importance of spatial layout, emergence & multi-scale movement”. Here’s the introduction… “Sites – such as the one you have been asked to look at in Queens – raise important questions about connections: how many, where, for […]

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Augmented reality with Nicco Mele

I had an interesting discussion this morning with Nicco Mele, Visiting Edward R Murrow Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government, comparing thoughts about the network of the city and the network of cyberspace – each a network of things. I introduced him to Space Syntax and shared a few thoughts I have had since […]

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Harvard Urban Planning Organisation

Today I gave a short presentation to urban planning students at the Graduate School of Design titled: “Urban sustainability: the social, economic & environmental influence of spatial layout”. Here’s the introduction… “In this presentation I will focus on one particular aspect of sustainability: the patterns of human activity – movement, co-presence and interaction – that […]

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Put the client into the brief

Perhaps the greatest difference between architecture school and design practice is the reality in practice of the client, the client’s other advisors, the opponents to the project, the commentators in the press – in other words the human factor.

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Expect conflict

We are told to avoid conflict. Mostly good advice but conflict is ever near and not always avoidable.

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Architecture: beyond art & science

Is architecture and art or a science? As Bill Hillier has argued, this is the wrong question. In fact it’s a silly question. Architecture is both art and science. He argues that architecture is total art and total science. In fact it’s more, because architecture engages with the everyday and the everyday is social, environmental and […]

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Space Syntax Limited’s 20th Birthday Party

On 2nd July 2009, Space Syntax Limited held a party to celebrate its 20th birthday. The party took place around the Main Quad at University College London. The evening began in the Slade School of Art with a special viewing of the Bartlett Summer Show before continuing on the Portico with a welcome from guest […]

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The crisis of modelling

Dear [colleague] Are you familiar with the attached. I think there’s a connection with the article on modelling that you sent me. I believe we can present Space Syntax as addressing the “crisis of modelling”, in which: –    traditional modelling makes dire predictions about the impact on vehicles of public realm-/public transport-oriented projects are […]

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Architecture at the edge of knowledge; space syntax at the heart of design

INTRODUCTION Let me begin at the end with a summary of my presentation. The space syntax approach is more than a computer programme. The beauty – and I think it is a beauty – of the approach is that it combines three key aspects of practice: the first two have been dealt with in depth […]

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New settlements & urban extensions

The physical and spatial form of a settlement structures the potentials for two key outcomes: social interaction and economic trade. These outcomes are cornerstones of sustainability. Movement, on foot and in vehicles, is the fundamental process that underpins these outcomes. Patterns of movement are shaped by the geometry of the street network. Patterns of land […]

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Spatial modelling for complex masterplans

One of the most significant challenges in modern planning is to deliver new urban development in a resource-effective and energy-efficient way. Considerable efforts have been made to develop energy-saving building materials and technologies, and rightly so. But is this enough? I believe we can do more by controlling and reducing energy demand not only inside […]

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Searching for a sustainable Britain

In searching for a sustainable Britain, we should not only be looking at what is built in Britain but also at what we, the British, export elsewhere. We need a sustainable British as well as a sustainable Britain.

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The architecture of behaviour

I am delighted to have been invited to this important conference on Italian tourism, to share my experience as an architect, working on the design of tourist destinations in the United Kingdom and overseas. I hope to show how this experience might be relevant in planning and designing the relaunch of Italian tourism. 

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Going with the flow

As reported in the Guardian Online on 09 September 2004 Science can be used to design cities according to rational laws, writes Philip Ball. ‘It was built to be a modern, efficient, healthy and, all in all, pleasant place to live. Many Britons find this amusing.” That’s how Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, in their […]

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Londoners develop own space craft

As reported in the Times Higher Education Supplement on 17 April 1998 Julia Hinde reports on UCL’s novel architectural consultancy that aims to make money from the spaces between buildings. How is it that some company coffee machines become the focus of office life, where deals are struck and ideas take shape, while others are […]

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