12th International Space Syntax Symposium

The web site of the 12th International Space Syntax Symposium (12SSS) is officially launched



The web site of the 12th International Space Syntax Symposium (12SSS) is officially launched


The SPACE SYNTAX is a theory on architecture and urban space. It is also a set of methods for the socio-spatial analysis of settlements and buildings of all kinds and sizes. Space syntax was developed by Bill Hillier, Julienne Hanson and colleagues at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London in the early 1970’s. After almost 40 years, space syntax is used in research, teaching and design in hundreds of universities and professional practices worldwide. Based on a quantitative description of space, numerous empirical studies have demonstrated its effectiveness on the following aspects: spatial distribution of difference types of traffic flows, spatial security and crime, evolution and distribution of urban centers and sub-centers, spatial and social segregation, public space and communication, spatial cognition and way-finding. Based on these research findings,etc. space syntax is widely used in strategic urban planning, transportation planning, urban design, station square design, street network, housing, commercial and cultural building designs all over the world.


With the rapid development of informational technologies, the availability of data has opened up great opportunities for both space syntax researches and design practices. On the one hand, new data resources propose new research topics which could help us to re-evaluate the power of physical urban space in this Information Age. On the other hand, armed with these new data, space syntax could be developed into various spatial models to forecast the future impacts of design. Therefore, it could extend the way we use new data from simple visualization to prediction. The integration of data and spatial models could fundamentally change the way planners and designers understanding and creating spaces. And space syntax will be an important theory and tool to initiate and facilitate this transformation.


The Symposium will be held in Beijing from 8th to 13th July 2019, at Beijing JiaoTong University. The aim of the symposium is to bring together scholars, practitioners and students who are currently working on space syntax and related approaches all over the world to share knowledge, discuss theories as well as practical applications. We also except this event will push forward the development of an evidence or research-based design methodology.


Space Syntax has been introduced to China for more than 10 years. It is both a theory and a model which could analyze the link between behavior and space. With the increasing interest on big data, more and more Chinese scholars and practitioners aware of the effectiveness of space syntax. From 2015, space syntax scholars in China started a regular conference which attracted many attentions. Under this context, we strongly believe that the forthcoming 12SSS could provide wonderful opportunities for the Chinese scholars with the international community.


The application and organization of 12SSS is a joint effort by the active space syntax scholars from many universities and design institutes such us Beijing JiaoTong University, Southeast University, Shenzhen University, Tongji University, Zhejiang University of Technology, China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, etc. We welcome everyone who interested in space syntax, or any other theories and methods on data-based spatial analysis and modeling, to visit Beijing and participate our symposium in 2019!