Natural movement: A space syntax theory linking urban form and function with walking for transport

Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Koichiro Oka, Neville Owen, Takemi Sugiyama

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Abstract

Walking to get to and from local destinations including shops, services, and transit stops is a major source of adults’ health-related physical activity. Research has been using space syntax measures in examining how urban form is related to such routine walking for transport. This paper proposes to apply a theory of space syntax, natural movement, which posits street layout as a primary factor influencing pedestrian movement. Discussing how this theory can link urban form (street layout) and function (land use) with walking for transport, we propose a research agenda to produce new insights and advance methods in active living research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102072
JournalHealth and Place
Volume58
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul

Keywords

  • Active travel
  • Destinations
  • Land use
  • Neighborhood
  • Street layout
  • Urban design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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