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Exploration of urban heritage in the historic core of London: A spatial network approach

Kong, Y; Karimi, K; (2019) Exploration of urban heritage in the historic core of London: A spatial network approach. In: Duan, J, (ed.) Proceedings of the 12th International Space Syntax Symposium (12SSS). Space Syntax Symposium (SSS): Beijing, China. Green open access

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Abstract

Heritage is a key cultural, social and economic asset for cities. Ideas of urban conservation have evolved from monument restorations to Historic Urban Landscape (HUL). HUL emphasises connecting urban heritage to its city, but it lacks a platform for providing a direct connection. Spatial networks in space syntax theory translate non-discursive dynamic urban contexts to numerical and comparable systems. This paper argues that spatial networks can provide an effective platform for studying urban heritage in a closer link with all other aspects of the city. It takes the historic core in London as a case study. By using the techniques of spatial network modelling, the research investigates how the spatial characteristics match the heritage characteristics in the historic core. Heritage networks in this research are a device that aggregates the heritage data on the spatial model and presents it in a numerical, connected system. Furthermore, high heritage-weighted clusters are defined through a statistical analysis of the heritage networks. The research shows that these clusters have different spatial and potential movement patterns. With the spatial network approach, heritage conservation can be integrated with other planning and urban design tasks and can provide a more robust evidence for an enhanced urban conservation initiative. The approach employed in this paper is developed and tested for London. However, this methodology can be applied to any other city in the world, wherever urban heritage is an important element of urban planning and design.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Exploration of urban heritage in the historic core of London: A spatial network approach
Event: 12th International Space Syntax Symposium (12SSS), 8-13 July 2019, Beijing, China
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.12sssbeijing.com/proceedings/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Space Syntax, Urban Conservation, Spatial Networks, Heritage Networks, the Historic Core in London
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081814
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