טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentGabay Ra'anan
SubjectUsing Space Syntax to Understand Multi Layer High Density
Urban Environments
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisors Professor Iris Aravot
Professor Bill Hillier


Abstract

The sustainable compact city depends on multiplicity of urban layers to create a dense social encounter field. The literature review demonstrates that most cases of projection on to auxiliary urban layers have fragmented the cities and made them less pedestrian friendly. Most High Density Multi Layered Urban Environments (MLHDUE) are considered dismal failures. How can one create useful design feedback to ameliorate this reality?


The hypothesis proposes that a successful move to expand the public realm into the third dimension may be part of the grid intensification process resulting from the essential urban dynamic suggested by Hillier. A successful MLHDUE needs one main integrating layer mixing different types of movement. Secondary layers can be relatively more specialised and segregated.


Case studies show that in multi layer environments, the commodity in shortage is the continuity on the pervasive layer, or in other words: Who gets priority on ground and who is exiled to other levels?


How may one adapt Space Syntax theory and tools to useful analysis of MLHDUE? So far, difficulties have arisen in predicting the performance of MLHDUE. Adopting the empirical attitude of Space Syntax, a set of environments were observed and discussed in the light of the conclusions from the literature reviews and Space Syntax theory. Based of the literature and case studies, the author suggests a way to use Space Syntax for analysing MLHDUE. The aim of this thesis is to prepare the foundation for further research.