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An investigation of the relation of space to society: a discussion on A. Giddens, H. Lefebvre and space syntax

Mavridou, M.; (2003) An investigation of the relation of space to society: a discussion on A. Giddens, H. Lefebvre and space syntax. Masters thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis is dealing with the relation of society and space as a main characteristic for elucidating the design process. More particular is based on the problem which appears both in spatial and social theories of relating entities which ‘are in different scales’. This is the relation of space, which is a local notion, to society, which is a global idea or the relation of society to the everyday life, which is also local and spatial. Thιs thesis attempts to investigate the relation of society to space through this core problem by examining three theories which seem to deal with this issue. These are the Space Syntax Theory of Hillier and Hanson, the Structuration theory of Giddens and the theory of the Production of Space of Lefebvre. The first has an architectural and urban point of view of the matter, the second a sociological and the third a politico-economic. The discussion of the three theories shows that all three grasp an interrelation between society and space although each theory sees this interrelation in a different way. For the Structuration theory space has an important role in the structuration of society, for Space Syntax a constructive role of the generic forms of society and for Lefebvre an instrumental character.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: An investigation of the relation of space to society: a discussion on A. Giddens, H. Lefebvre and space syntax
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Space, society, space syntax theory, structuration theory, Lefebvre
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1434
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