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.  Workshops will now take place on October 13.


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, Catarina Ruivo, FAUL

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.


Topologic: Conceptual Thinking and Spatial Reasoning using Computational Methods

TUTOR: Wassim Jabi, Cardiff University

DESCRIPTION: The workshop will introduce the participants to computational methods for conceptual thinking in the early design phase by integrating geometry processing, topological analysis and semantic layering.

PROGRAM: Full day workshop.

Topologic is a software development toolkit and plug-in that offers the ability to think spatially, topologically, and conceptually about a design project. It integrates several architecturally relevant concepts that enable logical, hierarchical and topological representation of spaces and entities.

The goal of the Topologic toolkit is to support the creation of the lightest, most understandable conceptual models of architectural topology. The formal language of topology is well-matched to the data input requirements for applications such as energy simulation and structural analysis. By integrating semantics, topology, and geometry, Topologic provides an effective platform for spatial reasoning. In addition, the ease with which these lightweight topological models can be modified encourages design exploration and performance simulation at the conceptual design phase. Finally, Topologic has been integrated with Machine Learning and Evolutionary Algorithms for classification and optimisation tasks. This workshop will introduce the related concepts, illustrate the powerful features of the software through example workflows, and offer hands-on experience to experiment with customized workflows.

Participants will produce computational workflows expressed as visual programming data flow definition in Autodesk Dynamo that address a particular architectural challenge of their own choosing.

LOGISTIC REQUIREMENTS: Participants need to bring a modern Windows laptop (or a Mac Laptop with Windows OS virtualization). They will be asked to download and install Dynamo and Topologic, both are freely available.