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The syntactical image of the city: a reciprocal definition of spatial elements and spatial syntaxes

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The syntactical image of the city : a reciprocal definition of spatial elements and spatial syntaxes. / Dalton, Ruth; Bafna, Sonit.

2003. 59.1-59.22 Paper presented at 4th International Space Syntax Symposium, London, United Kingdom.

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Dalton, R & Bafna, S 2003, 'The syntactical image of the city: a reciprocal definition of spatial elements and spatial syntaxes', Paper presented at 4th International Space Syntax Symposium, London, United Kingdom, 17/06/03 - 19/06/03 pp. 59.1-59.22. <http://5spacesyntax.net/symposia-archive/SSS4/fullpapers/59Dalton-Bafnapaper.pdf>

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Dalton R, Bafna S. The syntactical image of the city: a reciprocal definition of spatial elements and spatial syntaxes. 2003. Paper presented at 4th International Space Syntax Symposium, London, United Kingdom.

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Dalton, Ruth ; Bafna, Sonit. / The syntactical image of the city : a reciprocal definition of spatial elements and spatial syntaxes. Paper presented at 4th International Space Syntax Symposium, London, United Kingdom.22 p.

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