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Urban Sci. 2018, 2(3), 82; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2030082

Extension of Space Syntax Methods to Generic Urban Variables

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Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Roma Tre Università Roma Tre, Largo S. Leonardo Murialdo 1, 00146 Roma, Italy
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IRCAS—Goldmann & Partners International Research Centre for Applied Sustainability, Piazza Mondadori 3, 20123 Milano, Italy
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Received: 7 July 2018 / Revised: 10 August 2018 / Accepted: 28 August 2018 / Published: 31 August 2018
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Abstract

We studied generalization of a method for extending configurational studies to variables that are not exclusively geographical, in order to allow investigation of generic relationships in the built environment. We observed a number of limitations of the classical approach of configurational studies and we considered how a complex analytical method could be implemented in the study of non-topological variables, such as land use, noise pollution and financial or property rents. In order to do this, we established a system of relationships based on a labeled primary graph. Categorization of the labels of the links was performed on a generic variable, specifically, the predominant use of roads. The graph was then contracted using an optimization algorithm, which we describe. The algorithm allows the network to be reduced to a more streamlined system that can better analyze the relationships between the different categories. Application of the method showed that it is faster to identify weaknesses in urban networks, and then take measures to resolve them. The case study concerns the pedestrianization of the Colosseum area in Rome. View Full-Text
Keywords: space syntax; graph theory; urban planning; line graph space syntax; graph theory; urban planning; line graph
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D’Autilia, R.; Spada, M. Extension of Space Syntax Methods to Generic Urban Variables. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 82.

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