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KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (Spatial Analysis and Design (SAD))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7089-4244
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the 10th International Space Syntax Symposium / [ed] Kayvan Karimi, Laura Vaughan, Kerstin Sailer, Garyfalia Palaiologou, Tom Bolton, London: Space Syntax Laboratory, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London , 2015, 22:1-22:12 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the Social Logic of Space it is stated that spatial configuration affects social relations in how it structures patterns of movement, encounter and avoidance. Since then, a lot of space syntax research has investigated these phenomena to provide empirical support and to refine the understanding of mechanisms and relations. However, most of this research focuses on the first half of these patterns - that of how space structures and generates encounters, whereas studies of how space generates patterns of avoidance is less often studied. The outset of this paper is that in order to understand a 'social logic of space', the study of how space generates, allows, or prevents patterns of avoidance is a missing key question that may also further develop discourses of patterns of encounter. Avoidance, as a social action, simply requires a series of socio-spatial, interactive, and shared relations to and through space that necessitates assumptions, presumptions, and speculations of the behaviours of specific or generic others that studies of encounters at times can avoid. In extension, while a development rather than a challenge to studies of encounters, this informs knowledge on the relations between society, activity, and space in general, and on the socio-cultural structuring taking place in everyday spatial performativity.

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London: Space Syntax Laboratory, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London , 2015. 22:1-22:12 p.
Keyword [en]
Spatial configuration, performativity, avoidance, encounter patterns, social structuring, spatial behaviour
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Architecture Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-171965ISBN: 978-0-9933429-0-5OAI: diva2:844992
The 10th Space Syntax Symposium (SSS10), 13-17 July 2015, London UK

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Available from: 2015-08-10 Created: 2015-08-10 Last updated: 2015-08-28Bibliographically approved

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