TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (4): 515-521.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002722

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Progress in the Application of Space Syntax in Human Geography Research in China

DING Chuanbiaoa,b,GU Hengyua,TAO Weia,b   

  1. (a.School of Geography;b.Cultural Industry and Cultural Geography Research Center,South China Normal University,Guangzhou 510631,China)
  • Online:2015-07-03 Published:2015-07-03


The relation between space and society is the topic that many academic disciplines involve. Space syntax theory has showed the unique perspective and advantages in the topic. This paper from the “space ontology”, “space configuration”, and “social logic” illustrates the theoretical basis, the core concepts of space syntax and logical thinking. Throughout the overview of existing syntax research in human geography, we find that for human geography scholars the introduction of syntactic theory is still at an early stage. Finally we look further into the application of human geography throughout the optimization of space, microcosmic architectural space, urban space and the relationship between the spatial properties, in order to enrich human geography in the ‘language’ of space and theory.

Key words: Space Syntax, configuration, model, humanistic geography