workshops (postponed)

Due to current global outbreak of COVID-19 , state and/or academic procedures have been enacted that prevent the physical presence of participants in international events and meetings. The organization of the symposium feels it is our duty to reduce the risks associated with air travel and meetings in enclosed spaces and we have decided to postpone the conference to a new date in October 2020.


Extending and integrating UCL Depthmap on a python-based workflow


DESCRIPTION: This workshop pretends to demonstrate how to explore Depthmap advanced features, how it can be tailored, extended and integrated in a spatial analysis workflow that ties together spatial analysis, data science, geographic information, and algorithmic design. The workshop will concentrate on public open spaces, using as case studies a set of Portuguese squares’ urban settings. Nonetheless, the introduced concepts and techniques can be easily generalised to architectonic space, and participants may bring their own case studies if they wish. No previous experience on spatial or syntactic analysis and the mentioned tools are necessary, but the workshop will run smoothly if participants are familiar to some space syntax, Depthmap software, basic python, Grasshopper or GIS from the user's perspective (not mandatory).

PROGRAM: Full day workshop where participants will explorer the presented concepts, tools, and digital workflows mainly in a hands-on approach. The accent will be in the learning by doing, the collaboration between participants, the interactivity with the presenter and the blurring of lines between theoretical exposition and practical exercise.

LOGISTIC REQUIREMENTS: Participants are expected to bring their own laptops (we will use OS Windows environment, but users of different OSs should have no difficulty to follow) with software installed – more information will be given before the event.


i) Participants will get a wide-ranging overview on spatial analysis theories, methods, and tools, both from the perspectives of space syntax, geographic systems, urban design, and data science;

ii) Participants will be introduced, or deepen their knowledge, in space syntax Depthmap software and Depthmap scripting language (SalaScript). In the end they should be able to read and interpreter the provided scripts and produce their own; iii) Participants will assemble and play with a workflow that gathers tools from different fields: space syntax (Depthmap/SalaScript/DepthmapX;

iii) data science (Anaconda/python), GIS (QGIS/esstoolkit), and algorithm design (Rhino/Grasshopper). In the end, they should comprehend the logic of these python-based workflows and the potential and shortcomings of such computational data-driven approaches to spatial analysis;

iv) Participants will have the opportunity to discuss, not only the workshop results and expectations but also their personal work/investigation and the way they foresee the usefulness of these tools and workflows, gathering advice from all participants.



TUTOR: Franklim Morais, ESAP

DESCRIPTION: The workshop will give proficiency in the use of DepthSpace3D, a 3D Space Syntax analysis software, free for academic use. This digital tool increases the range of possibilities concerning 3D Space Syntax analysis. 3D analysis seems to bring better results in rough topography of the urban spaces; dynamic volumetric geometry: size, configuration, elevation and interpenetration; joint analysis of the interior of each building and its urban environment, in particular when there are high-rise

PROGRAM: In this half a day workshop (4 hours), with the help of small examples, participants will: create and edit of 2D and 3D models of the spaces to be considered for the analysis; generate calculations of the various quantities of visibility, accessibility and spatial conformation; the presentation of these various quantities in numerical and graphic form; interpret results.

Some advanced themes will be briefly presented: creating new items in the geometry generator library; editing a generative grammar for the Space Syntax quantities;accessing the open Data Base with all the data.

Finally, glimpses of future SCAVATools software will be shown.

LOGISTIC REQUIREMENTS: Participants must have knowledge of Space Syntax, and preferably they must have previous practice with 2D space syntax digital tools. They are expected to bring their own laptops (OS Windows only), have DepthSpace3D installed in the laptop ( which can be downloaded here), and have a 3D COTS CAD software such as Revit, ArchiCAD, Rhino, SketchUp, or others.