Trusted expertise in urban planning, building design & spatial economics

Space Syntax provides strategic, evidence-based consulting services in economics, planning, design, transport and property development.

Combining extensive global experience with robust and sophisticated technologies, we forecast the effects of planning and design decisions on the movement and interaction of people in buildings and urban areas.

Space Syntax’s unique contribution to the field of urban planning and design is in the identification of fundamental links between spatial layout and the social, economic and environmental performance of places. Space Syntax research has made five key discoveries that demonstrate how spatial layout directly affects:

-  movement, such that Space Syntax models can be used as strategic traffic modelling tools for vehicle, pedestrian and cycling movement

-  land use, showing how land use performance is deeply influenced by spatial location

-  safety, allowing risk to be identified and safer places to be created

-  land value, demonstrating the influence of spatial networks on property economics

-  carbon emissions, highlighting the contribution of spatial planning and design to environmental impact.

Space Syntax works to de-risk property investment decisions, showing how the spatial layout of places can be optimised to enhance the social, economic and environmental value of developments. Using a highly graphic, data-rich and audience-engaging set of techniques, we help our clients achieve powerful results quickly.

Our track record includes some of the world’s most prestigious and challenging projects.

I know that these techniques work from the tough environment of practice. I love the world of analysis, observation, of research, but also passion, imprecision, the hunch. Space Syntax is the testing of the interaction of these opposing worlds.

Norman Foster

August newsletter

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Projects

SkyCycle

SkyCycle

Urban Value

Urban Value

Jeddah Plan

Jeddah Plan

Beijing CBD

Beijing CBD

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Videos

Integrating Culture, Education and City Life

Professor Lawrence Barth
Integrating Culture, Education and City Life

Evolution of the Southbank Centre

Shân Maclennan
Evolution of the Southbank Centre

UniverCity

Dr Kayvan Karimi
UniverCity

A Masterplan for the Imperial College Estate

Martin Summersgill
A Masterplan for the Imperial College Estate

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Presentations

From the city to the bedside

From the city to the bedside

Creating effective places

Creating effective places

How does design add value?

How does design add value?

Linking business to research

Linking business to research

Books and brochures

General Practice brochure

General Practice brochure

Informal Settlements brochure

Informal Settlements brochure

Cycle Network Modelling brochure

Cycle Network Modelling brochure

Articles

UNICEF State of the World’s Children

UNICEF State of the World’s Children

Regenerating informal settlements

Regenerating informal settlements

Spatial sustainability in cities

Spatial sustainability in cities

An evidence-based approach to crime & urban design

An evidence-based approach to crime & urban design