In space syntax terms, spatial configuration means the relations taking into account of other relations, or more precisely, a set of relationships among parts (say, urban streets), all of which interdepend in an overall structure of some kinds. This concept addresses the whole of a complex rather than its parts.


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Hillier, B. (1996, 2007), Space is the Machine: A Configurational Theory of Architecture. Space Syntax: London, UK. p1, p23