Defining domestic access patterns the link between the house and street network in Newcastle upon Tyne

Agnieszka Wir-Konas, Kyung Wook Seo

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The spatial interface is situated in an interesting place between a street, part of a macro-scale network, and a building, a single urban cell with its own internal structure. In this paper we investigate the relationship between residential buildings and the street, while searching for links between syntactic measures of the street network and micro-morphological properties of building entrances. Building on the syntactic concept of the spatial interface, we analyse the structure of the space between a building and a street segment in speculative developments in Gosforth, a district of Newcastle upon Tyne. We argue that understanding the logic behind the building-street interfaces provides additional data in order to better explain and describe both street and building entities. The study of through-movement potential in the district of Gosforth and micro-morphological properties of the interfaces in speculative estates revealed common access patterns amongst all estates. We observe a change in the treatment of the interfaces over time and in relation to the position in the street network hierarchy. We conclude that micro-morphological information introduces another dimension into macro-scale analysis. In order to make both micro- and macro- analysis as complete as possible we must not treat them as isolated entities but as a part of the system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium
Place of PublicationLisbon
PublisherInstituto Superior Técnico - Universidade de Lisboa
ISBN (Print)9789729899447
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Event11th International Space Syntax Symposium - Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 3 Jul 20177 Jul 2017


Conference11th International Space Syntax Symposium


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