Using Space Syntax to Assess the Built Environment for Physical Activity: Applications to Research on Parks and Public Open Spaces

Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Andrew T. Kaczynski, Gavin R. Mcormack, Takemi Sugiyama

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The application of space syntax as a method for examining the role of spatial configuration on people's behavior has been widespread in several disciplines, such as urban design and architecture. However, the ideas and procedures of space syntax have rarely been applied in studies within the field of public health or leisure studies. This article briefly introduces the principles of space syntax and describes how space syntax can extend previous knowledge regarding associations between the built environment and physical activity with specific applications to research on parks and public open spaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-216
Number of pages11
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar



  • parks
  • physical activity
  • public health
  • public open space
  • space syntax
  • spatial configuration
  • urban design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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