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‘To know is to know one’s geometry’ – Reflections on the problem of inference in space syntax from the viewpoint of a human geographer

Sara Westin


This paper reflects upon the theory and method of space syntax from the perspective of the discipline of human geography. It does so in order to address the question: what is problematic about space syntax from a social scientific point of view? In this context the paper seeks to answer a second question: what is new – indeed revolutionary – about space syntax? The discussion contrasts space syntax with mainstream architectural/planning practice, with examples taken from current urban planning projects in Sweden.


Human geography, space syntax, inference, flâneur, planning practice, Sweden.

Full Text: JOSS_2015_P1-18