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My research interest is to develop operational spatial analyses tools applicable in research and strategic planning regards built environments. The methods and tools have both a quantitative and qualitative approach. The purpose is to gain an understanding in how cities work as regards the location of economic activities, land use, distribution of crime and anti-social behaviour, and how a planning system and a political system can influence or be influenced by the generative power of the spatial structure of built environments. Recently, various spatial analyses tools have been applied on excavated towns. Due to the current trends in city planning, these tools are now on the way to be used in evaluating the impacts of various planning proposals. 

 

Currently I am developing a theory on space and place in built environments based on my 15 years research experience. The aim is to integrate the research traditions with a phenomenological approach with the urban morphology traditions as well as with current research traditions dealing with the mobility network and urban space. It requires an inter-disciplinary approach, where the work from sociologists, perception psychologists, economists, and environmental criminologists as well as from the road engineers needs to be taken into account. The challenge is to clarify and to be precise about the various spatial elements, the various analyses methods and applicability into urban design and planning practice.

External positions

Professor, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

15 Jan 2014 → …

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Research Output

Assessing Spatial Configurations and Transport Energy Usage for Planning Sustainable Communities

de Koning, R., Guan Zhen Tan, W. & van Nes, A., 2020, In : Sustainability. 12, 19, 23 p., 8146.

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    Exploring Challenges in Space Syntax Theory Building: The Use of Positivist and Hermeneutic Explanatory Models

    van Nes, A. & Yamu, C., 2020, In : Sustainability. 12, 17, 21 p., 7133.

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    Fractals: a multi scale approach in regional and urban planning strategies

    Yamu, C. & van Nes, A., 2020, Handbook on Planning and Complexity. de Roo, G., Yamu, C. & Zuidema, C. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 318-333 (Research handbooks in planning).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeChapterScientificpeer-review

    Sexual Violence in the City: Space, Gender, and the Occurrence of Sexual Violence in Rotterdam

    Vansetti Miranda, J. & van Nes, A., 2020, In : Sustainability. 12, 18, 32 p., 7609.

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    #WomenSpatialActivism: Designing for the re-appropriation of public spaces by women in New Delhi, India

    Gupta, S., Calabrese, L. & van Nes, A., 2019, In : CUBIC Journal. 2, p. 76-99 019.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Activities

    • 15 Talk or presentation at a workshop, seminar, course or other meeting
    • 9 Talk or presentation at a conference
    • 3 Publication peer-review
    • 2 Participation in conference

    Kart og plan (Journal)

    A. van Nes (Editorial board member)

    1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Space Syntax’ contribution towards comprehensive understandings and theories on built environments

    A. van Nes (Speaker)

    1 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference

    Introduction to Space Syntax - methods, theory and practice

    A. van Nes (Speaker)

    9 Oct 201812 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a workshop, seminar, course or other meeting

    Space and crime

    A. van Nes (Speaker)

    23 Feb 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a workshop, seminar, course or other meeting

    Spatial measurements for describing urban sustainability A Space Syntax approach to the compact city debate

    A. van Nes (Speaker)

    25 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference