The work of ten students of the MSc Advanced Architectural Studies course produced for the Architectural Phenomena module in the academic year 2012-2013 has recently been exhibited as part of the MSc AAS 40th birthday celebration. The Visual Arguments poster exhibition concluded the second day of celebrations of the alumni social event, with prizes awarded to the three winning student posters.

Architectural Phenomena is a module offered during the second term of the MSc Advanced Architectural Studies course (currently renamed to MSc Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities). The underlying basis of the module is the recognition that architecture arranges spatial, formal and social relationships and is imbued with theoretical ideas, intelligibility and meaning. Architectural Phenomena explores ideas involved in texts, buildings and architectural designs through the themes of space, form, function, cognition, perception, design creativity and cultural meaning. The course is structured through seminars and lectures introducing students to a selected body of canonical and contemporary texts, foundational and advanced ideas in architectural theory, social theory and space syntax. Students are encouraged to explore these issues through in-depth theoretical reflection built around class conversations, critical writing and analytical drawing.

As part of the course assignments, one task that students were called to respond to was the composition of a visual-verbal argument in the form of a poster. Developing and presenting ideas verbally and visually is an essential component in academic and professional practice. The students have interrogated selected theoretical texts to produce critical readings that try to add new layers of understanding and interpretation through a creative synthesis of images and ideas. The effect is to show how inexhaustive are the opportunities for reinterpretation and critical reflection contained in architectural theory and its possibilities for interaction with space syntax.

Posters were considered in relation to visual and textual criteria and the integration of both, as well as in terms of the originality, execution and interpretation of the visual argument.

1st winning prize: ‘Reorganization of Public Space in Second Empire Paris’, by Tania Oramas-Dorta. Interpretation of the text The Political Economy of Public Space, David Harvey, 2005.


2nd winning prize: ‘Representation or Embodied Experience’, by Ida Feltendal. On The Naked City, Situationist International, Guy Debord, and Asger Jorn, 1967.











3rd winning prize: ‘On the Effect of Panopticism to the Public Space’, by Wente Pan. On Discipline and Punish, Michel Foucault, 1979.

Joint MSc AAC, MArch and MSc AAS exhibition

Interactive Arts and Architecture Exhibition

Organised by Stefanie Wuschitz, Ruairi Glynn, Kinda Al_Sayed with the assistance of Ollie Palmer

Presenting MSC AAC — MArch GAD — MSc AAS works

Opening 6 pm – 9pm :: Monday 14 January 2013

Royal Ear Hospital || Exhibition Space || The Bartlett || UCL

Location: Ground Floor || Royal Ear Hospital || Capper St. at Huntley St

12 September 2012, Room G01, 4:00-7:00 PM

The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies (BSGS), UCL
Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place 
London, WC1H 0NN
Module leader: Dr Sophia Psarra
Students: Abhimanyu  Acharya, Alastair McMahon, Alkmini Petraki, Ashleika Adelea, Christina Lenart, Kely Sarmiento Eljadue, Naif Alghamdi, Nicolas Orellana, Pheereeya Boonchaiyapruek, Qi Hu, Radhika Shukla, Su J Kwon, Velina Mirincheva
AAS course coordinator: Dr Sam Griffiths
AAS staff: Dr Kayvan Karimi, Dr Kerstin Sailer, Kinda Al Sayed, Prof Laura Vaughan
Exhibition Organisers: Pheereeya Boonchaiyapruek, Christina Lenart, Nicolas Orellana

Congratulation for launching a new blog related to JOSS. I hope this will enhance for a better communication of space syntax community everywhere .

As the Olympic ceremony end last night in London , with a number of excitement and achievements for different countries this year 2012. Space Syntax also had an opportunity to take part  by producing a syntactic model of EastEnders map at the heart of the Olympic opening ceremony .  This has been a spectacular event for  all space syntax researchers , and giving the opportunity to spread scientific message a cross the global .


By Wafa AL-Ghatam


arts and creative media projects
theory and research papers
architecture and urban design proposals

opening 10.08.2012
closing 28.09.2012


London the (n)ever-changing city

London has a reputation of a vibrant, dynamic city constantly reinventing and transforming itself; a highly adaptable organism that embraces change and, like an astute tradesman, turns it to its own advantage. From street-fashions to the redevelopment of entire urban areas, London is an ever-changing city. Yet, despite its apparent dynamism, this is the never-changing city of a society functioning through a remarkably resilient class-system, where Victorian houses keep resisting ‘continental’ apartment buildings, their residents peacefully ruled by a partly unelected and hereditary system of governance.

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”, the more things change, the more they remain the same. This often-quoted epigram by Alphonse Karr, could fittingly refer to these observations. But in what ways does this really apply on the city? Which are London’s never-changing substrata? And which are its ever-changing manifestations? How do they impact on one-another? Can change and innovation happen in the absence of a rigid framework? Or can it be that stable and robust infrastructures actually form the basis for change in the superstructure of the city? Does this change really matter? To who, and under what conditions? In what ways does the city’s built environment change in response to socio-economic forces? How does it itself impede or support socio-economic change?

Submissions of work exploring this theme are invited in the following categories:
a. arts and creative media projects
b. theory and research papers
c. architecture and urban design proposals

Participants are invited to register through online individually or as a team of a maximum of five members. Registered participants can submit their work online by 12.00 midnight London time, Friday 28 September 2012.

For more information visit

A rather informative event, which brought together views form different academic disciplines on aspects related to the impact of urban migration processes, took place this February in UCL. The UCL Urban Migration Film Festival, organised by Professor Laura Vaughan, Rastko Novakovic, Searle Kochberg and Dr Sonia Arbaci and funded by the UCL Environment Institute, hosted an interdisciplinary symposium that enhanced a fruitful exchange of ideas based on films introduced in the festival. As stated in the event’s brochure, the intention was to ‘explore the impact migrants have on their physical, social, cultural and economic environment as well as how cultural, spatial, legal and ideological forces affect rights, mobility and settlement’. The work of the young filmmakers who participated was organized and introduced in three thematic sessions: ‘Journeys’, ‘Transition’ and ‘Negotiation and Accommodation’. Stimulli, ideas and future perspectives on urban migrants’ movement, settling and profile of their modes of living, rising form the presented films, were discussed under two interdisciplinary rounds of dialogue. The event maintains a blog site (see link bellow), where material and details regarding the event can be found, while providing a chance for post-event questions, insights and brainstorming.