algorithmic modeling for Rhino


Space Syntax

Space Syntax is a theory of architecture and built environment that seeks to explain the effect of spatial configurations on behavioral patterns of people. SYNTACTIC tools bring Space Syntax theory into parametric design workflows. More information on syntactic design methodology:

My PhD dissertation (see chapters 3 & 4)

Designing with Space Syntax

Syntactic Design Methodology

For more information, videos, news and updates you can visit the following website. 

The plugin is available for download here:

This plugin is completely compatible with SpiderWeb for Grasshopper and we hereby thank Richard Schaffranek for all we have learned from this extremely useful plugin


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Hi, All components are ready. We are just wrapping all our VB codes into a GHA.

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Rhino6 version 2 Replies

Hello,I am trying to install space syntax on Rhino 6 and as now it doesn't have half of the components that help creating readable clean bubble diagrams.What is a way around it to make it work?Also I…Continue

Started by Mahsa Dehghani. Last reply by Mahsa Dehghani Feb 4.

space syntax area refrence

HiI used your space syntax for an architectural function relation diagram, but i have a problem because there is a rule that number of points and areas should be the same, so in a situation that i…Continue

Started by maryam ma Feb 3.

"DiskoGraphDrawing" Icon

Hi There, I'm using the latest version of Syntax (downloaded today) on Rhino 6. Is it correct to assume that this isn't 100% compatible with Gh on R6 at this point?The issue I am having is the first…Continue

Started by Chris Dimarco Dec 9, 2018.

output Elevation and sections with dimensions

Hi, please i want to output elevation and sections with dimensions by grasshopper in this 3D wall, can u help me.thanks…Continue

Started by tariq hilmy Nov 27, 2018.

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Comment by Pirouz Nourian on June 4, 2018 at 8:49am

Hello Dēmiurgos, 

Thanks for your compliments, happy to hear it is helpful. 

I could not see in the images anything wrong with attribute generation/provision. Attributes are not necessary for analyses, but only for human users to comprehend the results. It could be that you have not provided the attributes to the Justified Graph component, or that you have not provided a consistent set of attributes. I would suggest double-checking the attributes with the LoL (List of Lists) component and making sure the number of names, colors, and areas are the same and that they are all valid.

ps. There is virtually no limit to the number of nodes. I would not expect a problem of efficiency for a graph of this size on an ordinary machine. This problem is most likely caused by inconsistent attributes.

I hope this helps.

Comment by Dēmiurgos on June 2, 2018 at 1:53am

Pirouz. Good day. First of all, thanks a lot for this plug in. It has been wonderful to work with this tool in order to get a deeper understanding about spatial configuration.

I'm having a problem with an algorithm Find attached the images.

I'm trying to make an evaluation of a list of spaces for a project, but it doesn't works as in your example file. I have the attributes in the enlisted spaces and the space syuntax indicators, but not in the depth graph.  Is there a limit of enlisted spaces and connections between them?

Thank you for your attention and i'll be vigilant to your answer.


Greetings from mictlan.

Comment by Pirouz Nourian on May 2, 2018 at 2:44am
Comment by Rana Rizi on April 25, 2018 at 10:40am

Hi all, Space syntax has not added on top of my grasshopper page, even though I already am using the containing example o that.

Comment by Pirouz Nourian on April 2, 2018 at 6:27am

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Comment by Pirouz Nourian on March 28, 2018 at 4:23am

Hi Morris, when the algorithm does not succeed in putting the coins together as instructed, e.g. when a 2 Euros' coin does not fit in the middle of 4 5 cents' coins; a point might go to infinity and disappear. To avoid this you can try lowering the attraction and repulsion coefficients of the Force-Directed Graph Drawing algorithm (Coin-Graph). 

Comment by Xingxin HE on March 27, 2018 at 10:42am

Hi everyone, 

Does anybody know what occurs this error?

"1. Solution exception:Object reference not set to an instance of an object."

Although there is an error, but the graph can pop out .

Comment by Pirouz Nourian on March 17, 2018 at 3:31pm

Hello zaidoon,

Thanks for your compliments. We have quite a few updates to make but the educational workload is high so I cannot promise a date. I hope we'll be able to release a new version within a couple of months, hopefully earlier.


Comment by zaidoon on March 10, 2018 at 5:16pm

Thank you for the amazing work Pirouz! 

I have played around with space syntax while I was in Uni. Now that I have graduated, I have implemented as a part of my design process. 

is there an ETA on the next update? Im so excited for it.

Comment by Pirouz Nourian on March 4, 2018 at 7:32am

Hi Jose Carlos Rojas, thanks for your compliments. The REL-chart (a.k.a. From-To chart) is included in the new version, which is being slow-cooked in our kitchen :). The rectangular cell packing tools (as we have indicated in the released version) are only place holders. We will need quite some time to develop them further as robust algorithms. We are re-writing the whole package and mostly focused on the very beginning, that is focused on forming the connectivity graph itself. I wish we had a ready-made solution for the rectangular drawing right now, but we do not have it correctly implemented yet . You can perhaps check the references of our paper on how to  do this. It is not impossible but rather difficult. For the time being, I myself would do the last part of the process (rectangular configuration) by hand in 3D. I hope that helps.



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