Evaluation of the vitality of Lahijan’s institute for the intellectual development of children and young adults using space syntax

Document Type : Original Article


1 MSc student, Department of Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Lahijan Branch, Gilan, Iran.

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


Institute for the intellectual development of children and young adults has been established to focus on this group. In spite of its proximity to the city center, this institute has not been paid attention well by citizens. This research is intended to evaluate wayfinding and visual relationship in order to create sociability and vitality of the institute environment. To achieve this goal, a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods has been used. On the one hand, the effective foundations of research were gathered in library. On the other hand, space configuration has been analyzed using space syntax method which is a quantitative method and computer simulation and Depth map software was also used. In order to measure the status quo (present situation) and survey operations, observation was used in the gate, directional splits, and people following. The findings indicate that given that motor potential and access are based on the simulation to reach the convenient center, but gate observation showed that traffic and traffic levels of pedestrians were very low in this path. The evaluation of the dynamic and static behavior of humans within space showed that the trend reaching the institute spaces was inappropriate. Due to the high traffic of pedestrians around the space and the problem of their orientation because of motor obstacles and cutting its movement paths by various factors, and on the other hand, desirable visual inaccessibility to other spaces, changing movement path is proposed. The axial and visual analysis of the present and proposed position showed that changes can be made in the movement trend and the replacement of micro-spaces in the Institute space. Improving access and visual space can be effective in the vitality and social sustainability of the center space.


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