The SPACE SYNTAX field of research is grounded on the pioneering work of Bill Hillier, Julienne Hanson and colleagues, developed in the early 1970’s at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. It has found application in fields as diverse as sociology, psychology, archaeology, criminology, transport planning, economics, risk management, information technology and computer science.
Focused initially on the study of socio-spatial structures, space syntax theory soon expanded into urban space and into the relation between spatial structure and economy. Advances in representation / visualisation, allowed the analysis of more complex cities and buildings, leading to a practical and commercial application. Today, the space syntax theory is widely used to predict the functional performance of architectural proposals and urban design.
The International Space Syntax Symposia have been held every two years in cities around world, as London, Brasilia, Atlanta, Delft, Istanbul, Stockholm, Santiago and Seoul.
The 11th symposium will take place in Lisbon, from 3rd to 7th July, at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with the support of Instituto Superior Técnico and CERIS, and under the High Patronage of His Excellency, The President of the Portuguese Republic, professor Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.