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Syntactic Analysis of Settlements

By WRG Hillier, J Hanson and J Peponis


This paper introduces a model for the representation, analysis and interpretation of settlement space: syntactic analysis. The model of analysis sees a settlement as a bi-polar system, arranged between the entrances to buildings and the world outside the settlement. The structure of space between these two domains is seen as a means of interfacing two kinds of relations: those among the inhabitants of the settlement and those between inhabitants and strangers. The essence of the method of analysis is that it establishes a way of dealing with the global physical structure of a settlement without losing sight of its social structure; and second - a function of the first - it establishes a method of describing space in such a way as to make its social origins and consequences a part of that description. It is proposed that it is precisely in the relations between local and global structure that traditional and vernacular settlements can be characterized and classified spatially

Year: 1987
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Provided by: UCL Discovery

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