ABE 003

Limited access! This course is part of the European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU). Each year, a maximum of five A+BE PhD candidates can participate. This is mainly because the course requires intensive tuition on the computer and this is impossible if we have too many students.

This course provides an introduction to spatial analyses and design support tools using Space Syntax and ArcGIS, a geographic information system. The participants learn to relate spatial data from various sources with place bounded socio-economic data through the use of GIS and Space Syntax. The main focus will be on centrality analyses using the Space Syntax method and network analyses from GIS, additionally an introduction to spatial statistics is provided.

The variety of tools introduced, allows the participants to support planning and design decisions from the local to the regional scale. The participants will be presented with a set of technological based tools for urban and regional analyses and modelling and test and apply the knowledge gained through this course during the workshop sessions and through the assignments.

The potential of the tools used for urban analyses and strategic planning will be integrated with one another and explored. The participants will be taught on how to use them and to apply them, also in a combined way, in the analyses of the area used in the studio projects or own research projects. Finally the participants are encouraged to critically question the theories behind the different approaches, as well as the reliability of the data used.

Space Syntax allows analysing how the layout of the build environment influences the social, economic and environmental performance of places from the scale of the entire city to the scale of the individual street and building. Space syntax allows to measure the strength of spatial layouts, both existing and proposed, and to interpret how spatial layouts impact the way that people move, interact and transact in streets and buildings.

A geographic information system (GIS) is a tool for capturing, managing, analysing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. The GIS sessions focus each on different spatial aspects of network analyses: demographic distribution, different forms of density and accessibility. Spatial research questions for all these aspects are developed and the participants are introduced to the different tools that are provided by ArcGIS to investigate them. 

Teaching Method

Lectures, workshops and assignments. The cities, urban areas or buildings students use in their research will be used during the workshops and exercises. At the end of the course, the participants have to submit a report with their analyses followed with a text with a description and reflection on their analyses.  

Necessary Preparation

GIS and Space Syntax. Students need to bring their own laptop to work with in all course sessions. 

About the Lecturer(s)/Coach(es)

Akkelies van Nes is an urban planner and architect. She is a specialist in Space syntax methods and theory, and has experience on how to apply space syntax in strategic planning, impact assessments and urban design. Moreover, she has contributed to improvements in the space syntax method, apply it to research on urban centrality, road building, crime and anti-social behaviour in urban areas, archaeology, and large metropolitan regions.


9 September 201909.15 -13:15Room P
16 Septemer 201909.15 -13:15Room P
23 September 201909.15 -13:15Room T
30 September 201909.15 -13:15Room T
7 October 201909.15 -13:15Room T 
14 October 201909.15 -13:15Room T
21 October 201909.15 -13:15Room T
28 October 201909.15 -13:15Room T

How to enroll

Please send an email with your name, mail address, start date, research group and title of your research to abe@tudelft.nl

Course Info

Course code
ABE 003

Course type
lectures with workshops

Most appropriate for
PhD candidates at all stages

Free for PhD candidates of A+BE Graduate School

Number of participants
min. 8 /max. 16

Name of lecturer(s)/coach(es)
Dr. Scient. A. van Nes
Dr. B. Mashhoodi 

Course load
8 sessions with lectures and exercises

Graduate School credits


Once a year, from September 2019.

Upcoming course dates and times
Fall 2019, see schedule

For further information, please contact Luiz De Carvalho Filho and emu-bk@tudelft.nl