Space syntax theory aims to elucidate the reasons behind the formation of the built environment in relation to corresponding socio-cultural activities, primarily from a spatial perspective. The network's configuration serves as the key influencer on the movement patterns, establishing a fundamental connection between spatial structures and their functions. As a quantitative methodology, space syntax delineates spatial layout patterns that illustrate how spatial configuration influences existing movements. It evaluates integration, a concept closely intertwined with accessibility, by describing the average depth of a space concerning all other spaces within the system, thus indicating potential movement destinations that are typically preferred.
This workshop is designed to enable the participants to analyze, compare, and contrast architectural examples, alternatives, and forecast movement patterns inside buildings.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to do the following:
Understand the spatial configuration of a selected architectural building using Space Syntax;
Choose the appropriate methods of spatial analysis;
Analyze the current situation of a selected case study, compare different cases, and forecast any future spatial
Equipment and software
Using ‘Depthmap’ software and its application to architectural examples
Using Rhino + Grasshopper for large-scale buildings
Nabil Mohareb is currently an associate professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Department of Architecture, School of Sciences and Engineering (SSE). He was the former director of Faculty of Architecture – Design & Built Environment, Beirut Arab University, Tripoli Campus, Lebanon. He has worked for distinguished universities in Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. Recently he has been an honorary research fellow at the University of Liverpool Virtual Fellowship in Heritage Program Award for 2020-21. Mohareb has earned his second PhD from the University of Liverpool (UK) in 2015.
His research focuses on the relationship between architecture and urbanism; he is interested in social behavior activities, their mutual effect on both spatial and economic variables in urban spaces, and their interrelationship with architectural design. Mohareb uses theoretical and experimental methods in his research including but not limited to Space Syntax, GIS, and recently introducing drones and artificial intelligent (AI) in the field of object monitoring and detection of patterns of behavior at different scale levels (micro/macro scales).
He has several published papers in refereed journals and international refereed conferences. He has participated in number of international funding research related to understanding social behavior activities. He has delivered more than nine workshops in Egypt, Italy and Lebanon, testing experimental methods of analysis, he also has delivered a TEDx talk in Tripoli’s Azmi Street (Lebanon). He serves as an editorial board member of a number of renowned journals: for example, regional editor - Middle East and Africa for the International Journal of Architectural Research Archnet-IJAR, and member of the editorial review board of open house International journal, Emerald Group Publishing.
Spatial cognition analysis in buildings and urban spaces
Social behavior and patterns of movements in urban and architecture spaces
3D documentation using photogrammetry techniques
Space Syntax and GIS analysis
Why think spatially? Theoretical basics of spatial network analysis
Space Syntax (historical background, scale of analysis, different tools (VGA, Isovist, Agent-based, axial lines and segment lines))
Important readings and references
Depthmap and other software of spatial configuration analysis
Introducing axial lines: drawing by hand and depth
Preparing for the site visit (Introducing the Gate system, identifying the action area of the case study) (group work)
Introducing axial and segment analysis (Game 1 &2)
Methods of analysis: understanding movements and navigation methods
Building analysis (Introduction)
Convex space + JGraph analysis (case studies) (individual/group work)
Held in-person at Abu Dhabi University, Dubai Campus in Dubai, the fees below guarantee your attendance for the workshop and all days of the International Conference on Environmental Design, Material Science, and Engineering Technologies as an audience
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The United Arab Emirates is a federation made up of seven emirates located in the Arabian Peninsula's southeast: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah. Since its inception in 1971, the UAE now boasts the Middle East’s third-largest economy, boasting an impressive GDP of $415 billion. Accordingly, the federation developed modern infrastructure and now houses everything from architectural masterpieces, to sky-rise buildings, museums, and other touristic attractions. As well as having stunning beaches and great weather all year round. As a matter of fact, Dubai became the world's second-most visited city right after Paris, France in 2022.
With a rich and vibrant history, the UAE has everything from archaeological sites to luxury hotels, stunning mosques, and shopping malls. There are plenty of places to go in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
Named after the late UAE founding father and president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the architectural masterpiece is one of the largest mosques in the federation and is the third-largest mosque in the world. The mosque is covered with marbled halls filled with breathtaking gold accents. Made by architects the world over, the mosque accommodates up to 50,000 worshippers each day and is open to visitors from Saturday to Thursday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Louver Abu Dhabi Museum
Located on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, the Louver Abu Dhabi Museum was born in 2007, out of a cultural collaboration between France and the UAE. The collaborative effort brings both the UAE’s definite and long-term goals for creating cultural dialogue, exchange, and progress with France’s knowledge and ingenuity in the world of art and museums. In fact, the eye-catching dome exterior was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and blends both Arabic heritage with French architectural design. The louver Abu Dhabi aims to be a universal museum in the Arab world, showcasing stories of human creativity and ingenuity from different cultures, civilizations, and time periods. Accordingly, galleries are not geographically separated but instead arranged in chronological order, connecting and blending the cultures of the past with the present day. The aim is for the visitors to harbor respect and curiosity towards other cultures and encourage learning as well as open-mindedness.
Abu Dhabi University’s flagship campus – the Abu Dhabi Campus – is located in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi University’s Dubai campus is located in the world-renowned Dubai Knowledge Park and is near Palm Jumeirah, pictured below.
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