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id ddss2008-02
authors Gonçalves Barros, Ana Paula Borba; Valério Augusto Soares de Medeiros, Paulo Cesar Marques da Silva and Frederico de Holanda
year 2008
title Road hierarchy and speed limits in Brasília/Brazil
source H.J.P. Timmermans, B. de Vries (eds.) 2008, Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning, ISBN 978-90-6814-173-3, University of Technology Eindhoven, published on CD
summary This paper aims at exploring the theory of the Social Logic of Space or Space Syntax as a strategy to define parameters of road hierarchy and, if this use is found possible, to establish maximum speeds allowed in the transportation system of Brasília, the capital city of Brazil. Space Syntax – a theory developed by Hillier and Hanson (1984) – incorporates the space topological relationships, considering the city shape and its influence in the distribution of movements within the space. The theory’s axiality method – used in this study – analyses the accessibility to the street network relationships, by means of the system’s integration, one of its explicative variables in terms of copresence, or potential co-existence between the through-passing movements of people and vehicles (Hillier, 1996). One of the most used concepts of Space Syntax in the integration, which represents the potential flow generation in the road axes and is the focus of this paper. It is believed there is a strong correlation between urban space-form configuration and the way flows and movements are distributed in the city, considering nodes articulations and the topological location of segments and streets in the grid (Holanda, 2002; Medeiros, 2006). For urban transportation studies, traffic-related problems are often investigated and simulated by assignment models – well-established in traffic studies. Space Syntax, on the other hand, is a tool with few applications in transport (Barros, 2006; Barros et al, 2007), an area where configurational models are considered to present inconsistencies when used in transportation (cf. Cybis et al, 1996). Although this is true in some cases, it should not be generalized. Therefore, in order to simulate and evaluate Space Syntax for the traffic approach, the city of Brasília was used as a case study. The reason for the choice was the fact the capital of Brazil is a masterpiece of modern urban design and presents a unique urban layout based on an axial grid system considering several express and arterial long roads, each one with 3 to 6 lanes,
keywords Space syntax, road hierarchy
series DDSS
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100%; open Barros, A. P. B. G. de, Silva, P. C. M. da, Holanda, F. de (2007) Find in CUMINCAD Exploratory Study of Space Syntax as a Traffic Assignment Tool , A. S. Kubat, Ö. Ertekin, Y. I. Güney, E. Eyuboglu (eds.), Proceedings of 6th International Space Syntax Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, p. 083-01-083-14
100%; open Hillier, B., Hanson, J. (1984) Find in CUMINCAD The social logic of space , Cambridge University Press, London
100%; open Hillier, B. (1996) Find in CUMINCAD Space is the machine , Cambridge University Press, London
100%; open Medeiros, V. A. S. e Trigueiro, E. (2001) Find in CUMINCAD Disneyfication Now? Assesing spatial correlates for Heritage Preservation in Natal , Proceedings of the Third Space Syntax Simposium. GeogiaTech, Atlanta/USA

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