Found in Faversham


After my recent post on Banksy and Space Invader, here is a new piece of guerilla art, made in the centre of Faversham.

London’s riots – can architecture cause social malaise?

My company, Space Syntax Limited, has released the first findings of a study into the 2011 London Riots. Described by Polly Curtis in The Guardian as “the most concrete evidence I think there is linking the summer’s riots to estates” the research suggests a connection between the design of large, post-war housing estates, the patterns of peer socialisation that occur among young people within them and the anti-social behaviour that took place during the summer.

Building on earlier work by Space Syntax founder and UCL Professor Bill Hillier, the study has analysed the locations of riot incidents, the residential addresses of convicted offenders and the spatial layout of London’s street network.

Click here to access a summary report of the Space Syntax research into the London Riots.

For further information, please contact Susannah Williams, Studio Manager at Space Syntax:
020 7400 1320

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Teaching urbanism – it should start at school

OK, the big idea would be to teach urbanism to school kids, not only to replace Home Economics (ie lifestyle education) but as a pedagogical umbrella under which the established curriculum of maths, history, geography, physics, chemistry, biology (the classics)…can shelter. Reinvigorate learning. Prepare students for the change that’s coming.

So, we would have the mathematics of urban movement/property value; the history of settlement growth, including the modern history of divisive transport planning/the history of the slum; the geography of population change/urban agriculture/energy generation; the physics of land use attraction; the chemistry of the atmosphere/composting…

First thoughts. Am sure there’s more.