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A Topology Analysis of Urban Street Spatial Network

Yan Xiao, Xixuan Fan, and Haiyang Meng
Dalian University of Technology,School of Architecture and Fine Art, Dalian, China

Abstract—The Network Theory and its increasing application to social sciences are challenging the modeling of urban spatial research, in which new concepts and methods have been proposed to reformulate the urban street research frames. Therefore, it is demanding to make a connection between the Network Theory and urban spatial research, so as to estimate complex urban phenomenon and to solve urban problems. This paper discusses network topology analysis methods on urban spatial complexity research and their possible applications on urban street morphology research. To better understand the urban street spatial topology structure, network topology analysis methods in introduced in simulating the evolution of urban street spatial structure over long periods of time. The research is expanded by comparing Semi-lattice street topology structure with Network street topology structure, so as to summarize the essence for describing and analyzing urban street spatial morphology. It is demonstrated that complex networks is a powerful tool in formation and maintenance mechanisms research of urban street.

Index Terms—Network Theory, Urban Street, Spatial Topological Structure, Semi-lattice Topological Structure, Topological Network Structure

Cite: Yan Xiao, Xixuan Fan, and Haiyang Meng, "A Topology Analysis of Urban Street Spatial Network," International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 290-293, August 2018. doi: 10.18178/ijscer.7.3.290-293