Using space syntax and Q-analysis for investigating movement patterns in buildings: The case of shopping malls

Itzhak Omer*, Ran Goldblatt

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this study, we present the potential of the conjunction between space syntax and Q-analysis methodologies for investigating patterns of movement flows in buildings. This potential is illustrated by an implementation of the two methodologies by comparing between two shopping malls in Israel, which are characterized by distinct spatial configurations. Q-analysis was used to identify the spread of individuals’ movement paths and their conjunction into movement areas, while space syntax enabled to examine how these aspects of movement flow are affected by the malls’ spatial configuration. The results indicate that high spatial integration and intelligibility levels not only promote intensive movement in accessible and central areas (as found in previous studies) but also the spread of movement paths and their formation to integrated circulation systems. The combined implementation of space syntax and Q-analysis improves our understanding about the role of building’ spatial configuration in shaping movement flows. We discuss the potential of this implementation for monitoring and improving movement flow and usability of spaces in buildings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-530
Number of pages27
JournalEnvironment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2017

Keywords

  • Movement patterns
  • Q-analysis
  • Space syntax

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