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Exploring countrywide spatial systems: Spatio-structural correlates at the regional and national scales

Serra, M; Hillier, B; Karimi, K; (2015) Exploring countrywide spatial systems: Spatio-structural correlates at the regional and national scales. In: Karimi, K and Vaughan, L and Sailer, K and Palaiologou, G and Bolton, T, (eds.) Proceedings of the 10th International Space Syntax Symposium (SSS10). Space Syntax Laboratory, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (University College London): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper we take a step towards extending space syntax analysis into the countrywide scale, through the study of three very-large spatial systems in the UK, namely the top-tier road network of the entire country (170,007 nodes), the complete road network (1,208,674 nodes) of three contiguous NUTS1 regions (the East of England, South East of England and Greater London) and the complete road network of UK's mainland (2,031,971 nodes). We compare the results of our analysis with several types of functional and socio-economic data, finding clear statistical associations at the scale of the entire country between network structure, vehicular movement flows and the spatial distribution of several socio-economic variables. We conclude by arguing that space syntax models and analysis hold their value at very-large territorial scales, being highly robust and producing coherent results between datasets of different sources, themes and dimensionalities.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Exploring countrywide spatial systems: Spatio-structural correlates at the regional and national scales
Event: 10th International Space Syntax Symposium (SSS10)
ISBN-13: 9780993342905
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.sss10.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/proceedings/
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Space Syntax Laboratory, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 2015.
Keywords: Space syntax, territorial scale, regional, national
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1498767
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