Spatial tools for diagnosing the degree of safety and liveability, and to regenerate urban areas in the Netherlands


  • Akkelies van Nes Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Manuel López RCM-advies
  • Laura de Bonth Team NieuwLandschap
  • Dirk Verhagen Urban Synergy
  • Simone Waaijer Ericis BV




This contribution describes the tool Social Safe Urban Design (SSUD), seen together with socio-spatial and linguistic challenges when applying space syntax in the regenerating of problem urban areas. The Space Syntax jargon is technical and needs to be translated into a language understandable and acceptable to stakeholders who are responsible for the implementation of improvement strategies acceptable for the users of a neighbourhood. Moreover, the degree of public-private interface between buildings and streets needs to be incorporated in the Space Syntax analyses. As it turns out from spatial analyses and crime registrations, there is a correlation between crime and anti-social behaviour and the spatial layout of built environments in the investigated eight pilot cases. Simultaneously, there is also a challenge to come up with locally and globally functioning spatial solutions for reducing opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour for the neighbourhoods. Proposed solutions for three of these neighbourhoods are presented in this contribution.

How to Cite

Nes, A. van, López, M., de Bonth, L., Verhagen, D., & Waaijer, S. (2016). Spatial tools for diagnosing the degree of safety and liveability, and to regenerate urban areas in the Netherlands. Research in Urbanism Series, 4, 139–156.




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