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Isovists Revisited: Egocentric space, allocentric space,and the logic of the Mannequin
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Urban Design. (Spatial Analysis and Design (SAD))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7089-4244
2012 (English)In: Proceedings: Eighth International Space Syntax Symposium / [ed] Margareta Greene, José Reyes & Andrea Castro, 2012, 8144:1-8144:23 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The description of the spatial entities used in space syntax is growingly taking on a direct cognitive character,where for example axial lines are often equated to ‘lines of movement’, convex spaces to ‘spaces of being’,and isovists to ‘visual fields’. While developments of these have served to deepen our understanding of spatial configuration in many ways, it is of importance to revisit the origins of the spatial entities used toinvestigate spatial syntactics and study the implications of alternate definitions. This is a question of whatkind of analysis can be performed and on what sort of objects, but also of positioning of the research field. This paper argues that while the perceiving subject is one valid point of interpretation of the spatial entitiesstudied syntactically, other interpretations enable other questions to be investigated and consequently other results to emerge. In this paper the focus lies on how a de‐centralisation from e.g. subjects’ visual fieldsunearths qualities in the isovist and its consecutive systemization into spatial syntactic relations that risk passby. It furthermore aims to discuss the theory base for analyses of certain phenomena (‘the logic of themannequin’). This discussion revolves around a concept already highlighted in space syntax theory:allocentricy, i.e. the quality of spatial cognition to recognize the situation of ‘elsewhere’, and discusses theimpact of such understanding through systemic operations and through the ‘elsewhere’ of inanimate objects.

Abstract [sv]

De enheter som används inom space syntax för att analysera rummet börjar allt oftare beskrivas som perceptuella enheter, såsom att axiallinjer kallas 'linjer som man kan se och gå längs', konvexrum 'rum för varande' och isovister 'synfält'. Medan undersökningar av detta sätt att förstå enheterna har bidragit till vår rumsliga förståelse, är de också begränsande genom hur de knyter all tolkning till det enskilda subjektet - och riskerar därmed också bli missvisande. I det här paperet argumenteras för en annan tolking av enheterna som lösgör sig från subjektet och istället utgår från abstraktion och transformation. Detta genom att kritiskt studera implikationerna av en subjektorienterad tolkning, och hur enheter förändras när de sätts samman till system, för att till sist studera hur relationer mellan objekt kan analyseras förutsatt att idéer som 'synfält' eller 'visuella relationer' inte längre är grundstenen i tolkningen av analysen.

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2012. 8144:1-8144:23 p.
Keyword [en]
architecture, isovists, spatial configuration, allocentric space, abstraction, spatial cognition, logic of the mannequin, space syntax
Keyword [sv]
arkitektur, isovister, rumslig konfiguration, allocentriskt rum, abstraktion, rumslig kognition, mannekängens logik, space syntax
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-59994ISBN: 978-956-345-862-6OAI: diva2:476958
8th International Space Syntax Symposium
QC 20120123Available from: 2012-01-23 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2012-01-23Bibliographically approved

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