Spacemate

The spacial logic of urban density

Authors

Haupt, P.,
Berghauser Pont, M.

Publication date

# of pages

110

Cover

Softcover

ISBN print

978-90-407-2530-2

Imprint

Delft University Press

Supplement

(second printing 2006)

Subjects

Description

Spacemate© is a truly new method and tool, making the relationship between form & space and density explicit. It helps planners and designers in calculating their spatial possibilities and helps policy and decision makers by demonstrating the quantitative consequences of their spatial ambitions. In this sense, Spacemate© is a tool that fills a gap between design knowledge and practice. In Spacemate©, the authors take a novel approach to the study of urban density and form. To this end, they define three variables, FSI (Floor Space Index), GSI (Ground Space Index), and the OSR (Open Space Ratio), quantifying the qualitative aspects of space, and thus making them measurable. This allows them to discuss the relationship between the quantitative aspects of density and the characteristics of urban space. The method, which has already been applied by the authors in some urban planning projects of Amsterdam, is explained in this book.