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A Spatial Analysis Proposal for Activity Affordance in Exhibition Halls

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Traditional methods of syntactic analysis are briefly explained to address their limitations in analyzing single-room scenarios. In this paper is proposed a different method to analyze space using a hexagonal lattice to represent relations of permeability among contiguous portions of peripersonal space portraying the human scale. Five study cases in two museums of Mexico City are assessed. A data sheet is used to compute the radius of analysis of one and two steps and to associate the hexagonal mesh with Cartesian coordinates. Statistics show similar representations of space for the two radiuses of analysis, as well as a tendency to position additional obstacles in the center or available space within museum halls. Calculated valences are compared visually and statistically to Variance as calculated by Isovist_App 2.4.6.


  • Spatial analysis
  • Affordances for activity
  • Isovist
  • Space syntax
  • Range of movement

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This research project has received funding from Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, CONACYT, as it is part of an ongoing master’s in architecture program studied at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. I hereby thank the professors who have kindly provided their feedback on this research, especially Taide Buenfil, Claudia Ortiz, María del Río, and Alejandro Marambio.

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García, M.Y.T. (2023). A Spatial Analysis Proposal for Activity Affordance in Exhibition Halls. In: Mora, P.L., Viana, D.L., Morais, F., Vieira Vaz, J. (eds) Formal Methods in Architecture. FMA 2022. Digital Innovations in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. Springer, Singapore.

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