In memory of Alasdair Turner 1969 – 2011

Embodied Space, is an exhibition inspired by the work of Alasdair Turner, a life scientist whose work has had a far-reaching impact on space paradigms in architecture. Looking for hermeneutical yet physical dialectic in our being in space, Turner worked across disciplines from computation, art, architecture, urbanism, geography to social sciences and phenomenology

We are seeking original contributions inspired by Alasdair Turner’s theory on embodied space to be included in an exhibition on September the 6th 2012 at the Wates House, Bartlett School of Architecture. Applicants are invited to submit a brief statement of interest (500 words) by August 20th.

Subject to approval by an expert committee, applicants will be invited to submit A1 size posters by September the 1st.

Overseas applicants are welcomed to submit their posters electronically.

We are pleased to announce the first Issue of Volume 3 of the Journal of Space Syntax dedicated to the work of Julienne Hanson.

Professor Julienne Hanson retired from the Bartlett in 2010, after having spent thirty-five years in academic life. Her externally-funded research included profiling the UK’s housing stock with the needs of older people in mind, investigating the layout and design of residential care homes in relation to quality of life issues and studying the housing and support needs of both older people and working age adults with impaired vision. She also led research into mainstreaming ‘telecare’ services in the homes of older people, remodelling sheltered housing and residential care homes to extra care housing, the design of accessible public toilets in city centres and the design of socially inclusive and sustainable public open spaces in residential areas. However, Julienne is perhaps best-remembered for her contribution to the development of ‘space syntax’. She is the is co-author (with Professor Bill Hillier) of The Social Logic of Space and she taught on the Bartlett’s M.Sc. in Advanced Architectural Studies from 1976 until her retirement.

To access the JOSS, Volume 3, Issue 1 publication visit:

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.

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