Profile of Mrs Akkelies van TU Delft

Akkelies van

Spatial analyses methods: Space syntax and spatial configurative analyses tools
Research topics: Centrality and economic development, road building and urban change, the spatial conditions for crime opportunities

General research interests

My current research interests vary from urban renewal, planning theory, spatial modeling (space syntax research), developing spatial analyses tools, urban morphology, place phenomenology, space and crime, urban centrality, rural development, archaeology, to road building and urban change.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

Road Building and Urban Change

PhD Abstract

This thesis attempts to present a new approach to the problem how large road projects
built in short time affect the spatial and functional structure of cities and towns. Ring
roads are chosen for two reasons: They are clearly dened road projects, and they are
built in relatively short time. The interrelationship between road building and spatial
and functional changes in town centres is scarcely understood, even so conjectures
about their interdependence are not lacking.
Coventry, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Bristol, Oslo, Eindhoven, Mannheim and
Tampere were chosen for case studies. In addition, Dessau is chosen as a case in order
to study what happens when no road modernisation comes about. The method and
theory of investigation is mainly Space Syntax method. The results are discussed with
reference to planning processes and to changes in land use.
The main discussions of this dissertation are built around two major, interrelated
themes: spatial and functional changes or, more precisely, the structure of the street
grid and the pattern of shops before and after the construction of a ring road. In this
way, the explanatory power of theories concerning built environment and activities in
society will be revealed. It will lead to the conclusion that Space Syntax theory and
method so far best can provide the best answer on the relationship built form and
function. Moreover, writings concerning the rationale of human behaviour after implementation
of proposed plans are discussed. Research on market rationality makes it
possible predicting certain kind of human behaviour as reaction on congurable urban
changes.
This contribution is meant to set out in which way different types of ring roads imposed
on different kinds of urban grids affect the pattern of shops in town and city
centres. The thesis claims that a development of this sort can be explained best through
a congurative analysis. The way in which a ring road is imposed upon a street grid
and the specic manner in which this ring road is connected to the relevant streets
decides upon the resulting pattern of shops.

Latest deposited documents

Adjacency, permeability and inter-visibility.
Micro scale spatial analyses tools for revealing the private - public space relationship and its impact on urban safety image
Adjacency, permeability and inter-visibility. Micro scale spatial analyses tools for revealing the private - public space relationship and its impact on urban safety (October 2007)

Research on urban environment by means of space syntax theory and methods tend to focus on macro scale spatial conditions. However, micro scale...