Spatial tools for diagnosing the degree of safety and liveability, and to regenerate urban areas in The Netherlands

Akkelies van Nes, Manuel López, Laura de Bonth, Dirk Verhagen, Simone Waayer

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    This contribution describes the tool Social Safe Urban Design (SSUD), seen
    together with socio-spatial and linguistic challenges when applying space syntax in the regenerating of problem urban areas. The Space Syntax jargon is technical and needs to be translated into a language understandable and acceptable to stakeholders who are responsible for the implementation of improvement strategies acceptable for the users of a neighbourhood. Moreover, the degree of public-private interface between buildings and streets needs to be incorporated in the Space Syntax analyses. As it turns out from spatial analyses and crime registrations, there is a correlation between crime and anti-social behaviour and the spatial layout of built environments in the investigated eight pilot cases. Simultaneously, there is also a challenge to come up with locally and globally functioning spatial solutions for reducing opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour for the neighbourhoods. Proposed solutions for three of these neighbourhoods are presented in this
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGeodesign
    Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in bridging geo-information technology, urban planning and landscape architecture
    EditorsSteffen Nijhuis, Sisi Zlatanova, Eduardo Dias, Frank van der Hoeven, Stefan van der Spek
    PublisherTU Delft Open
    ISBN (Print)978-9492516428
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Publication series

    NameResearch in Urbanism Series
    ISSN (Electronic)1879-8217


    • Space syntax
    • Urban regeneration
    • Network configuration
    • Crime
    • Communicative planning


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