A computational approach to measuring social impact of urban density through mixed methods using spatial analysis

Sahar Soltani, Ning Gu, Jorge Ochoa Paniagua, Alpana Sivam, Tim McGinley

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Abstract

While there is a growing interest in using spatial network analysis methods such as Space Syntax to explore the socio-spatial aspects of the built form, some scholars refer to its main limitation of missing the measurements of buildings’ fabric and density. Furthermore, new approaches that attempt to address these shortcomings, such as Urban Network Analysis toolbox, do not provide as comprehensive explorations as what Space Syntax does for the street network. Therefore, this paper proposes that a mixed-method applying both the tools in a complementary way enables a deeper understanding of the socio-spatial design metrics addressing density. Employing both tools on two cases of low and high-density neighbourhoods, the results demonstrate that the combination of these tools can minimise the shortcomings of each method individually, and lead to a more comprehensive understanding of socio-spatial design factors in relation with density.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent and Informed
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) 2019
EditorsMatthias Hank Haeusler, Marc Aurel Schnabel, Tomohiro Fukuda
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherThe Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
Pages321-330
Number of pages10
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9789887891710
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Intelligent and Informed, CAADRIA 2019 - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 15 Apr 201918 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameIntelligent and Informed - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2019
Volume1

Conference

Conference24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Intelligent and Informed, CAADRIA 2019
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period15/04/1918/04/19

Keywords

  • Social Impact
  • Space Syntax
  • UNA Toolbox
  • Urban Density
  • Urban Network Analysis

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