Space Syntax in Design Curriculum: Opportunities and Challenges

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    Behbahani, Peiman Amini
    Gu, Ning
    Nichols, Julie
    McGinley, Tim
    2017 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers
    Practice, Education & Profession


Space syntax is a prominent theory for understanding some key aspects of the built environment
and people’s behaviour within it. Hence, familiarity with the theory would be an advantage for the
designers to analyse, learn from and improve the exiting design as well as to create a more responsible
built environment in future. However, the theory of space syntax has not yet been adequately integrated
into the curriculum of many design schools. This paper presents an analysis of opportunities and
challenges of the application of space syntax in the undergraduate architectural design curriculum. The
goal of this paper is to anticipate these challenges and support a curriculum planning strategy for the
matter. For this purpose, this paper first provides a brief review of previous studies and efforts to integrate
space syntax into the design pedagogy. Then, it pursues a qualitative approach to identify different
aspects of the relevance of space syntax within the design pedagogy. At the end, the paper presents our
approach to address the considerations arisen in the literature review and introduces some of the steps
planned for familiarising architectural design students at the University of South Australia.


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