Space Syntax: Some Inconsistencies

@article{Ratti2004SpaceSS,
  title={Space Syntax: Some Inconsistencies},
  author={Carlo Ratti},
  journal={Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design},
  year={2004},
  volume={31},
  pages={487 - 499}
}
  • C. Ratti
  • Published 1 August 2004
  • Linguistics
  • Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
This paper reports on a number of inconsistencies that appear in space syntax—a well-known technique of urban analysis—when dealing with certain geometrical configurations. At a simple level, the analysis of regularly gridded urban textures (such as Manhattan's) reveals the difficulty of accepting the claim that space syntax allows the modelling of pedestrian choice making. In more complex cases, the distortion of two ideal textures produces a topological discontinuity, leading to the… 

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