Multiscale Accessibility—A New Perspective of Space Structuration

Nir Kaplan*, Itzhak Omer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Spatial accessibility is fundamentally related to the functional, economic and social performances of cities and geographical systems and, therefore, constitutes an essential aspect for spatial planning. Despite the significant progress made in accessibility research, little attention is given to the central role of accessibility in space organization and structuration. This study aimed to fill this gap. Based on an intensive literature review, our work shows the critical role of accessibility in space organization at different scales and sizes, starting from the basic concept of accessibility and its foundations in the classical locational theories and further to the methods and theories at the forefront of research. These processes also point to a unique contribution of multiscale accessibility in space structuration. Accordingly, we offer a conceptual framework to describe the multiscale process of space structuration with respect to local-urban, regional and national scales. We believe this framework may help in studying space and, more importantly, in understanding space. We hope this perspective forms an additional tier at the conceptual and methodological levels concerning accessibility and spatial organization and will encourage empirical studies in light of the suggested view.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5119
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 May 2022


  • Accessibility
  • Location theories
  • Movement
  • Scale
  • Spatial interaction
  • Spatial organization


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