Koohsari, M. J, Oka, K., Owen, N. & Sugiyama, T. (2019). Natural movement: A space syntax theory linking urban form and function with walking for transport. Health and Place,58 1-5. United Kingdom: Pergamon Press. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.01.002
Walking to get to and from local destinations including shops, services, and transit stops is a major source of adults’ health-related physical activity. Research has been using space syntax measures in examining how urban form is related to such routine walking for transport. This paper proposes to apply a theory of space syntax, natural movement, which posits street layout as a primary factor influencing pedestrian movement. Discussing how this theory can link urban form (street layout) and function (land use) with walking for transport, we propose a research agenda to produce new insights and advance methods in active living research.
Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
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