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Syntactic Resilience
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (Spatial Analysis and Design (SAD))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7089-4244
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2013 (English)In: Proceedings of Ninth International Space Syntax Symposium / [ed] Young Ook Kim, Hoon Tae Park, Kyung Wook Seo, Seoul: Sejong University Press , 2013, 54:1-54:16 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In many fields connected to architecture and urban design, the term ‘resilience’ has grown common and tends to stand for a variety of different things. What this paper intends to do is to work with the term under a rather basic understanding – that of systems capable of performing even after being altered. Specifically, this means the extent to which a spatial configuration is sensitive to smaller or larger changes, where these sensitivities can be found and the degree of impact should the links be severed. Building on investigations by Hillier, Shpuza, and Conroy Dalton and Kirsan, the intent is to take one step further and set the term in relation to what a spatial configuration operates as social and cultural interface. Thus, a system that is considered as syntactically resilient is a system where inhabitance (use, identity) can follow similar principles as before the change, whereas a non-resilient system is one that can suffer big changes in the spatial logic by ostensibly minor local changes, thereby putting considerable strain on or enforcing change of inhabitance. The paper furthermore establishes some basic methods and measures for how to measure and analyse this, and also discusses the pros and cons of different spatial models for the ability of analyzing the question at hand.

Concretely, the investigation begins with a conceptual, methodological discussion that is then followed by analysis of a small number of buildings to investigate the validity of the proposed methods and measures. The paper investigates the use of a series of existing measures as well as proposes new measures of configurational sensitivity. Finally it discusses how these measures relate to on the one hand security issues, and on the other generic questions in architectural design.

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Seoul: Sejong University Press , 2013. 54:1-54:16 p.
Keyword [en]
spatial configuration, architecture, resilience, spatial logic
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-137937ISBN: 978-89-86177-21-3OAI: diva2:680023
9th International Space Syntax Symposium, Seoul Sejong University 2013
Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security (RIBS)
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 242497

QC 20140107

Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-16 Last updated: 2014-01-07Bibliographically approved

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