Spatio-syntactical analysis and historical spatial potentials: The case of Jaffa-Tel Aviv

Or Aleksandrowicz, Claudia Yamu, Akkelies van Nes

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The application of space syntax to the study of urban history-in this case, that of Tel Aviv and Jaffa (present-day Tel Aviv-Yafo)-can add a valuable, quantifiable component to the understanding of urban processes. However, it also demonstrates that historical spatio-syntactical analysis can prove misleading when interpreted separately from other types of historical evidence-for example, the ethnic conflicts that led to the formation of a strong divide between Tel Aviv and Jaffa despite their contiguous geography and interlaced street networks. A rigorous use of spatio-syntactic analysis in combination with "conventional" historical research methods can reveal the tensions and interplays between the spatio-physical and social forces that shape the life of cities, and it can invigorate our understanding of urban growth and transformationpatterns throughout history.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-472
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Interdisciplinary History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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