Typical scope of work

Space Syntax has developed a 4-part approach to the planning and design of future cities, urban places and buildings. Although each case is treated uniquely, the 4-part approach provides a robust framework to address the needs of individual projects.

1. Urban/Building Data Collective
We describe the physical form and functional performance of building or urban areas in terms of their social, economic, environmental and physical characteristics, including human behaviour, land use, land value and spatial accessibility patterns. Highly visual databases are created to clearly describe physical form and functional performance.

2. Urban/Building Performance Model
The Data Collective is analysed to explore correlations and associations within it. We explain how functional performance is influenced by a combination of spatial layout and land use attraction.

3. Urban/Building Strategy
We make recommendations on the urban or building development objectives that can be pursued as well as the design principles that should underpin them. A set of issues, opportunities and constraints is identified, which can later be addressed through development proposals. We help to conceive the physical and spatial form of these proposals by creating, simulating and optimising design options in plan, section, elevation and three-dimensional form.

4. Urban/Building Impact Analysis
The likely impacts of physical and spatial development strategies on performance characteristics are described, including human behaviour, land use, land value and spatial accessibility patterns.

The advice we provide, based on the analysis we produce, informs decision-making and stakeholder discussions.