Space Syntax in healthcare facilities research: A review

Saif Haq, Yang Luo

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Space Syntax is a theory and method that has been developing for the last 40 years. Originally conceived as a theory of "society and space," it has expanded to other areas. An important aspect of this is technical; it allows the quantification of layouts, and unit spaces within a layout, so that the environment itself can produce independent variables in quantitative research. Increasingly, it is being used to study healthcare facilities. Space Syntax has thereby become relevant to healthcare facilities researchers and designers. This paper attempts to explain Space Syntax to a new audience of healthcare designers, administrators, and researchers; it provides a literature review on the use of Space Syntax in healthcare facility research and suggests some possibilities for future application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-117
Number of pages20
JournalHealth Environments Research and Design Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012


  • Behavioral outcomes
  • Layout analysis
  • Nursing
  • Space Syntax
  • Spatial measures


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