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. 

See a video demo-tutorial here

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


Location: Delft
Members: 586
Latest Activity: Jun 23

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

Discussion Forum

Gradient issue with Syntactic 5 Replies

Hi guys,I don't know what is wrong with this simple definition on space syntax...Any ideas?Domain...lists...input curves?Thanks...…Continue

Started by Andrés Utz. Last reply by Frane Zilic May 11.

about the triangulate component

Hello everyone,I have the same problem with Alexander, the triangulate component don’t work. Do you know how to solve the problem? Why?Thank you very much. Best wishes.…Continue

Started by 王海涛 Feb 17.

Organize the rectangle next to each other 1 Reply

Hello Guys,I would like to create an optimized ground plan.On the picture down you can see 3 steps from my work. My problem is the step 3.1 - ground plan diagram with plugin Space Syntax2 - Middle…Continue

Started by Alexander. Last reply by 王海涛 Feb 17.

How to find the odd number of areas in ProgrammeLegends component of SpaceSyntax? 1 Reply

Hi all,I am using SpaceSyntax plugin and in this component ProgrammeLegends, it gives me…Continue

Started by Tran Huy Vu Nguyen. Last reply by 王海涛 Feb 10.

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Comment by Petar Pejic on October 31, 2013 at 4:19pm

Excellent tool guys, it looks really promising. Do you maybe know how it would be possible to apply same logic to a 3D program diagram. Or you know some theories that deal with that issue? I suppose a set of new parameters would be needed to introduce it.

Comment by Samane on October 31, 2013 at 8:19am

Dear Bea,

The algorithm embedded in the "force directed drawing" component finds a set of relax locations for the vertices by considering graph links as springs, applying attractive forces and repulsion between disks when they get closer than their boundaries. You can try with the advanced setting.( if you hover on them you can see the default value)

The sketch box which you see in the photo and the generative process will be included in the next version.


Comment by bea franko on October 30, 2013 at 11:49am

ok but how to difference between attraction and repulsion, do i need a number for each connection (-x=attraction, x=repulsion?)

You dont plan to set up fixpoints? could be a great extension for your tool and very helpful for use.

i saw this in the manual:

how can i do this?

Comment by Mahdi Soheyli Fard on October 30, 2013 at 7:44am

Hi Pirouz,

that is really awesome when you are looking for sth about space syntax for experiencing some design method, and just heading to one who did it as well. it became my luck man. congrat!

Comment by Pirouz Nourian on October 29, 2013 at 1:55pm

Hi, Those are just advanced settings. Have a look at the help of the component. It is very unlikely that you need to change those settings. They are not meant to be design parameters. They are just for calibration of the component itself. However, if you are not getting a neat bubble diagram with the default settings, please post your model here. 

Comment by bea franko on October 29, 2013 at 5:34am

hello great tool!

but i cant find or i dont knoe how to control the attraction and repulsion. is the orientation to fixpoints (nord, west, east and south) included in this version?

looking forward!!!

Comment by ardi bidi on October 28, 2013 at 9:09am

Nice project!

I did similar project, in 2012, as my M.A. thesis at University of Tehran, using similar approach in combination with Galapagos as optimizing system. You can find a short demo here:

Comment by Pirouz Nourian on October 27, 2013 at 4:34pm

Hi Daniel Hambleton, Sorry for my late reaction! I have been extremely busy with education in the past weeks. Thank you for sharing your interesting work! I will be happy to discuss future joint projects.  

Comment by Pirouz Nourian on October 27, 2013 at 2:59pm

I hereby happily announce that the first version is released here:

Comment by Elbert Choquehuanca on October 17, 2013 at 6:34pm

still waiting,



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