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Urban Insights: A Space Syntax Exploration Workshop


12th March 2024 –  23rd March 2024)





Urban Insights: A Space Syntax Exploration Workshop



Dive into the world of urban analysis and design innovation with our Space Syntax Workshop, tailored specifically for beginners. Over six engaging days, this workshop demystifies the principles of Space Syntax—a powerful tool for analyzing spatial configurations and their impact on social interactions. Designed for architects, urban planners, designers, and researchers with a working knowledge of GIS software, this workshop combines lectures, hands-on applications, and vibrant discussions centered around practical group projects.

Workshop Overview

  • Day 1: Kickstart your journey with an in-depth look at Space Syntax's foundational principles and methodologies. You'll learn about its significance as a human-focused design approach, delve into key terminologies, and explore the mathematical foundations that underpin Space Syntax theory. The day concludes with an introduction to various Space Syntax tools, setting the stage for their application in professional practice.
  • Day 2: Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on day where you'll be introduced to the Space Syntax Toolkit and process spatial models in QGIS. This session is about applying what you've learned to real-world contexts, from preparing Space Syntax maps to web scraping for additional data.
  • Day 3: Apply your skills to a specific case study, visualizing data, combining and analyzing different datasets, and adhering to Space Syntax standards. This session emphasizes practical application, from data visualization to mapping urban data inputs like frontages and land use.
  • Day 4: Test your design alternatives based on the previous days' analyses. You'll learn how to select and test alternatives, culminating in selecting the most suitable outcome based on established criteria.
  • Day 5 & Day 6: Compile your analyses into a coherent report and prepare for the group jury. These final sessions focus on critical discussion, questioning results, and sharing insights, concluding with a jury presentation where each group showcases their project, followed by a discussion.

What You Will Gain

  • Foundational Knowledge: Understand the core principles of Space Syntax and its application in urban planning and design.
  • Practical Skills: Gain hands-on experience with GIS and Space Syntax tools, enhancing your analytical capabilities.
  • Project-Based Learning: Engage in a comprehensive group project, from data collection to presenting your findings, fostering teamwork and critical thinking.


All the following documents should be combined in one PDF-document titled (Space Syntax Workshop_Last and First Names) and submitted via the online portal in the same order below*:

  1. Motivation letter 300 words
  2. Short Curriculum vitae (CV) - Maximum 3 Pages
  3. Portfolio - Maximum 5 Pages (must include examples of GIS previous work)
  4. Certificates: (Bachelor, Master or PhD certificates if applicable)

*In case any of the required documents is not submitted, the selection committee will directly ignore the submission.


  • Participants must have a basic knowledge of ArcGIS or QGIS
  • Undergraduate or post-graduate students in one or more of the following fields: urban planning, urban design, landscape planning, and architecture.
  • Applicants must be able to communicate in written and spoken English at an advanced/professional level.

Application Timeline:

  • Call for Applications: Thursday, 29th February 2024
  • Application Deadline: Friday, 08th March 2024 (22:00 CET)
  • Notification of Selected Participants: Sunday, 10th March 2024

Workshop Tutor:

Associate Professor:  Nabil Mohareb

Dr. Nabil Mohareb is an Egyptian architect and associate professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC). He was the former director of Architecture - Design & Built Environment at the Beirut Arab University's Tripoli Campus in Lebanon. Dr. Mohareb's research investigates the relationship between architecture and urbanism, focusing on how social behaviors influence urban spaces' spatial and economic aspects. He employs various methods, including spatial configurational analysis such as space syntax, GIS, and AI for behavioral analysis. His work has led to numerous publications in esteemed journals and presentations at international conferences. Dr. Mohareb has conducted workshops globally and delivered a TEDx talk in Lebanon. He serves as the Middle East and Africa regional editor for Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research.

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