This paper explores the relationship between a facility’s operation and its form using quantitative techniques provided by Space Syntax. Space Syntax provides quantitative metrics for characterizing the spatial traits of the locations within a facility which can then be related to operational metrics. Instances of the quadratic assignment problem are used to perform spatial and operational analyses on different flow matrices to study the resulting layouts. The effects of different objective functions on facility shapes are also studied.
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Teran-Somohano, Alejandro and Smith, Alice E., "A Space Syntax Analysis of the Relationship between Function and Form in Facility Layout" (2018). 15th IMHRC Proceedings (Savannah, Georgia. USA – 2018). 3.