Gen 092021

The 21st International Conference on

“Space Syntax for Cities in Theory and Practice” 

Syntax City_2021

in conjunction with

The 2021 International Conference on Computational
Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2021)
September 13th – 18th 2021




Space syntax is an expression coined in the 1970s by Billy Hillier and his colleagues at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. It refers to a set of techniques and theories that investigates topological properties of spatial systems and their effects in terms of urban practices. The underlying idea is that the relationship between the physical and social dimensions of city lies in the configuration of spatial structures, hence in the interdependencies among the components of the urban layout.

In the context of climate change, space syntax, encompasses a method for analysing how spatial properties limit or facilitate urban transformations and transitions in social practices based on criteria of sustainability, inclusion and equality.

The discourse on the sustainable city intersects both present and future needs and both descriptive and normative dimensions. Consequently, a descriptive approach, structured by space syntax theories and methods is central to understand the relationship between space and society with the perspective of predicting future needs arising from the demand for sustainability, inclusion and equality.


The Syntax City_2021 workshop welcomes contributions aimed at proposing novel methods and visions, theoretical approaches and case studies connecting space syntax with the sustainable city debate.

Focus of contributions may include (but is not limited):


Spatial and social justice;

Space, sustainable mobility means and energy use;

Data-informed design and planning;

Transport planning and land use studies;

Online and informal economies;

Urban morphogenesis;

Theoretical and methodological development;

Urban policy making.

Space, crime and urban safety;

Space and urban centralities.


Given the focus of the Conference on Computational Science issues, the Syntax City workshop welcomes contributions on urban studies, spatial planning, and computational aspects, proposals and applications from a wide variety of scholars on the issues proposed. Engineers, Urban and Regional Planners, Architects, Geographers and Environmental Engineers, among others are welcome to contribute.


Keywords: Spatial Plannning, spatial planning, ICT, urban morphology, Transport planning and land use studies, smart cities, urban and regional planning, Open Data, Big Data.

Each paper will be independently reviewed by 3 programme committee members. Their individual scores will be evaluated by a small sub-committee and result in one of the following final decisions: accepted, or accepted on the condition that suggestions for improvement will be incorporated, or rejected. Notification of this decision will take place on April 2021.
Individuals and groups should submit complete papers (10 to 16 pages).
Accepted contributions will be published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) volumes


Authors Guideline
Please adhere strictly to the formatting provided in the template to prepare your paper and refrain from modifying it. The submitted paper must be camera-ready and formatted according to the rules of LNCS. For formatting information, see the publisher’s web site ( Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper.

download the template


Papers should be submitted at:
Please don’t forget to select “Space Syntax for Cities in Theory and Practice” – Syntax City_2021)” workshop from the drop-down list of all workshops.


Papers accepted to “Syntax City 2021” will be published in the ICCSA Conference proceedings, in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series, with doi, indexed by WOS, Scopus and DBLP.


Important dates

28 May 2021: Deadline for full paper submission
6 June 2021: Notification of acceptance
21 June 2021: Early-bird registration ends
28 June 2021: Deadline for Camera Ready Papers
13-16 September, 2021ICCSA 2021 Conference



Organizers Information:

Claudia Yamu, (CASUS lab, University of Groningen)
Akkelies van Nes (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)
Chiara Garau, (DICAAR, University of Cagliari)



Scientific Committee:

Federico Amato, University of Basilicata, Italy

Alessandro Aurigi, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Margherita Azzari, University of Florence, Italy

Giuseppe Borruso, University of Trieste

Anna Maria Colavitti, University of Cagliari

Tanja Congiu, University of Sassari, Italy

Federico Cugurullo,  Trinity College of Dublin

Chiara Garau, University of Cagliari, Italy

Daniele La Rosa, University of Catania, Italy

Beniamino Murgante, University of Basilicata, Italy

Enrica Papa, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

Alessandro Plaisant, University of Sassari, Italy

Francesco Scorza, University of Basilicata, Italy

Anastasia Stratigea,  University of Athens – NTUA

Akkelies van Nes, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway

Katharine Willis, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Claudia Yamu, University of Groningen

Paola Zamperlin, University of Florence, Italy

Corrado Zoppi, University of Cagliari, Italy




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