SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (11): 1364-1371.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2015.011.1364

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Decoding Homes: Application of Space Syntax to Content and Methods of Home Space

Wei TAO(), Chuan-biao DING   

  1. Cultural Industry and Cultural Geography Research Center,School of Geography,South China Normal University, Guangzhou ,Guangdong 510631, China
  • Received:2014-12-25 Revised:2015-06-03 Online:2015-11-20 Published:2015-11-20


Home is a special point to view the social phenomenon, and home space is a micro scale to show man-land relationship by geographer. As the spatial system, which connects the housing architecture and the dwelling subjects, the difference of internal structure and organization display the different logic of cultures and societies.Architecture is a physical carrier of reflecting and inheriting culture, which contains rich meanings of culture, customs and rules.Through the study of living space form, we can peep the social change from microperspective. Space syntax theory, which is a quantitative means to analysis the urban morphology, can combine the quantitative and qualitative methods to research the spatial formation of home and its social cultural logic. In English literature, the concerned researches of home with the space syntax is increasingly mature, however, few researches in China adopt this research approach. This article firstly discusses the basic process and approach of the space syntax on home based on the space syntax international conference articles and published articles of journal of space syntax. Secondly, bases on the review of the concerned articles to summary in three subways-gene of home, home genre、 the "constant" and "conversion" of home、the duality of the home, to discover the difference and similarity of space in space syntax and traditional geography .We can get the following conclusions. The space syntax is not equal to the definition of space in human geography. Geography emphasizes the spatial distribution in the general case, and space syntax emphasizes the space ontology, those two definition is different and interacted. The configuration relationship exists between the different national cultures and lifestyles and their own home spaces, based on configuration, the home space constructs specific behaviors, communication interface, communication opportunities, so as to adapt to the needs of different social culture and behavior model. The configuration of home space under the same culture contains the obvious generational features. In the process of globalization and modernization, the home space maintains a constant with the traditions, a transformation to show innovation. The spatial boundary of internal and outside holy and civic, owner and visitor, female and male are constructed by the configuration of home.

Key words: home, space, culture logic, space syntax

CLC Number: 

  • K901