Combination of Space Syntax with Spacematrix and the Mixed Use Index
Paper i proceeding, 2012

At present, there are several spatial analyses tools available for analyzing the spatial properties of the built environment. Spacematrix’ focus is on various types of density on the urban block such as FSI, GSI, OSR (or spaciousness), network density (N) and the number of floors (L). The Space Syntax method is dealing with the degree of integration of the mobility network between urban blocks in terms of topological and geometrical distance,  combined  with  metrical  radiuses.  The  Function  Mix  model’s  scope  is  on  the  degree  of  mix  of  functions in terms of dwellings, work places and amenities. The results from these various spatial analyses tools can be correlated with one another and with social‐economical data through GIS. The  above‐described  methods  were  applied  in  the  southern  part  of  Rotterdam  where  the  municipality  wanted to test out various proposals for new bridges to the city’s northern (more successful) part. As the analyses  from  the  existing  situation  show,  there  is  a  correlation  between  the  degree  of  mix  of  functions,  density and integration. The higher local as well as global angular integration on the street net, the higher density in terms of a high degree of FSI as well as GSI at adjacent buildings and the higher mix of functions inside these buildings. As the planners from the municipality acknowledge, these tools contributes to a much more fine‐grained strategic planning for the area than current Dutch planning practice does.



Function Mix

GIS And Space Syntax



Akkelies van Nes

Meta Berghauser Pont

Bardia Mashhoodi

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