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Hillier, B; Leaman, A; Stansall, P; Bedford, M; (1976) Space syntax. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design , 3 (2) pp. 147-185. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper addresses itself to the question of how and why different societies produce different spatial orders through building forms and settlement patterns. It consists of three parts. Firstly, at a metatheoretical level, it is suggested that spatial organization should be seen as a member of a family of 'morphic languages' which are unlike both natural and mathematical languages but which borrow properties from each. In general, morphic languages are used to constitute rather than represent the social through their syntax (that is the systematic production of pattern). Secondly, a general syntactic theory of space organization is proposed. It is argued that spatial patterns in both complex buildings and settlements fall into eight major types, which are interrelated in structural ways. Finally, the syntactic theory is used to integrate a number of recent general propositions made in anthropology regarding human space organization.

Type: Article
Title: Space syntax
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information: Imported via OAI, 7:29:00 22nd Sep 2005
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1062
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