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Assessment of lively street network based on geographic information system and space syntax


Axial and visibility graph analysis models are combined with GIS and Space Syntax to study the corresponding relationship between street network and specific city life in Hankou, China, based on three scales - city, district, and community, so as to interpret the hidden structure out of complex urban form through the spatial logic of street network. In this paper, a quantitative analysis is made on selected parameters in Space Syntax, including Integration, Choice, density of road, and Ht index. The result indicates that there is certain correlation among these parameters. Moreover, these parameters also present certain changing patterns along with the increase of analysis radius. The results reveal that the street network of Hankou presents a multi-hierarchical structure and spatial wholeness from all these three scales. This characteristic creates vitality and diversity while maintaining the feature of wholeness for the urban space. Research has turned out that community-scale street network performs a positive role to keep neighborhoods alive. Therefore, it is an important strategy for maintaining the vitality of urban space and realizing coordination and unification between parts and the whole. It is proposed in this paper that a good street network is a key factor for carrying forward urban context of Hankou. Undoubtedly, it is worthy of reflecting on large-scale demolition of existing urban space, especially in historical areas. Afterwards, the paper proposes a hierarchically synergetic planning strategy based on the analysis. More attention should be paid to street network to preserve diversity, continuity, and integrity, and finally archive holistically sustainable development within a city.

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The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51408442). They sincerely appreciate anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments and suggestions.

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Li, X., Lv, Z., Zheng, Z. et al. Assessment of lively street network based on geographic information system and space syntax. Multimed Tools Appl 76, 17801–17819 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11042-015-3095-2

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  • Street network
  • GIS
  • Space syntax
  • Spatial hierarchy
  • Hankou