Social Logic of Cities and Urban Tourism Accessibility; Space Syntax Analysis of Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Rasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Gilan, Iran.

2 Ph.d Candidate, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

3 Department of Architecture, Lahijan branch, Islamic Azad University, Lahijan, Iran.


Tourism is a progressively major part of economies of urban areas. Urban regeneration as a subcategory of urban tourism has been the center of many urban projects. This study addresses the role of space syntax theory as an analytical tool and design aided tool in urban regeneration. For this purpose, we examined the development of a square in the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) using space syntax method. Surrounding streets network one time with existed situation and another time with adding proposed square were analyzed by Depthmap software and were compared. Numerical analysis showed a significant increase of integration of the most number of streets. Based on the connection of integration and other concepts of space syntax in accessibility and people flow the proposed square can be a major contribution to accessibility problems of tourists in KLCC. It can be seen that the synergy of the streets that link Jalan Ampang is increased; moreover, intelligibility and accessibly may well be improved in this area by the suggested square. The behavior of tourists and local people based on wayfinding can be developed by new spatial configurations.


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