Urban projects

Our clients approach us with problems concerning social, economic and environmental value.

The projects we work on are often large and complex but their effects are felt at a local level by the individual moving and interacting in space. We provide evidence-based planning and design solutions that span between traditional industry sectors and address one or more “knowledge domains”:

– sustainability
– accessibility
– social cohesion & inclusion.

Our work in each knowledge domain is supported by top-quality academic research as well as over 20 years of international practice.

Successful, sustainable places rely on effective spatial layout. Understanding the effects of space on functional performance – in terms of passing trade, property value and natural surveillance – increases value and reduces risk in the development process.

From urban masterplanning to public space design, we work to deliver proposals that anticipate use patterns and deliver the social, economic and environmental expectations of stakeholders.

Patterns of movement and space use are fundamentally influenced by the configuration of space and by the location of activity generators and attractors. We measure levels of accessibility in existing and proposed environments.

From the design of safe street crossings to multi-modal interchanges, Space Syntax provides public and private agencies with robust techniques for evaluating the social, economic and environmental impact of accessibility proposals.

We co-ordinate pedestrian, cycling and vehicle strategies through observation, analysis and forecasting of movement flows. Our work helps shape and support ideas to improve accessibility for all movement modes at every scale – from entire regions to individual streets.

Social cohesion & inclusion
Our worldwide body of research has demonstrated the fundamental role of space in bringing people together or keeping them apart.

All users of urban space – whether in cars or wheelchairs, on public transport, cycles or foot – use spatial networks to move through towns and cities. The way we design those networks can either enhance or inhibit the ability of people to move.

Space Syntax’s approach to urban development demonstrates how the interaction of spatial layouts and land uses has measurable effects on social, environmental and economic outcomes.

“What we know and feel about cities is hard to put into words or images, still harder to enumerate. Space Syntax has the vocabulary, graphics and data to do this.

Paul Fisher
Daily Telegraph