Our unique modelling approach

Space Syntax has pioneered a unique, space-based modelling approach to the planning and design of cities, urban places and buildings.

We have shown how the social, economic and environmental performance of places – from the scale of the entire city to the scale of the individual street and building – is measurably affected by the interaction of two key properties of buildings and cities: “spatial layout attraction” and “land use attraction”.

This understanding allows us to analyse the performance of places, both existing and proposed and show how planning and design decisions impact fundamentally on the way that people move, interact and transact in streets and buildings.

We explain and predict human behaviour and its consequences: at desks, in corridors, on foot, on bikes and in vehicles.

We use forecast models to test planning and design ideas from an early conceptual stage right through to detailed design and in-use performance.

The Space Syntax approach empowers people to make informed decisions about the planning, design and operation of places.

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

Space Syntax models simultaneously analyse pedestrian, cycle and vehicle movement networks and have been applied in planning and design projects worldwide. Applications include the creation and evaluation of proposals for urban and architectural change at every scale, from regional urban analysis and the planning of entire cities to the design of street intersections and room layouts.

Space Syntax’s approach combines this extensive global experience with robust and continuously developing technologies to forecast the effects of planning and design decisions on the movement and interaction of people in buildings and urban areas. Highly graphic and capable of providing rapid feedback to planners and designers, models are used to test proposals from concept design through to delivery. The approach empowers people to make informed decisions about the way that places will work.

Space Syntax’s Movement Models help deliver environments that enhance mobility, economic activity, safety and social conviviality.