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BSGS Space Group
The BSGS Space Group is the international centre of the theory and methodology known as 'space syntax'. The Space Syntax Laboratory is the central hub of the research within the group. It studies the effects of spatial design on aspects of social, organisational and economic performance of buildings and urban areas. Its theoretical and methodological innovation intersects with a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, geography, computer science, psychology, sociology, medicine, mathematical modelling and physics. The group also comprises the VR Centre for the Built Environment, whose role is to bring the full range of computer graphics, interaction and digital data to the virtual building that currently drives the design-development-operation cycle. Information, analysis and simulations are being synthesised to allow design teams and their clients to predict the performance of proposals at both the urban and building scale. In addition, the group is associated with Space Syntax Limited, a UCL spinout applied research and technology transfer firm, which is currently working on a range of live projects from end user organizations in industry and local government. The Group’s The Space Group asks how the spatial design of buildings and cities affects their social functioning, uniquely combining the creation of software for spatial analysis and design with observation of function. The resulting research based software, known generically as ‘space syntax’, is now used by a growing worldwide research community, which supports a biennial international Symposium, most recently in Santiago 2012.
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