• Emrah Şıkoğlu




There are three basic methods used for creating axial maps in Space Syntax studies. Manual drawing is the first and most grounded method. The second method is the production of automatic axial maps with a tool, known as the Axial Map in the Depth Map program. The third and most modern method is the use of lines named Road Center Line (RCL). The primary goal of this study is to reveal the relationship between manual drawing, which is the first method used in creating axial maps and still regarded as the most reliable one, and other methods used in drawing axial maps. The other purposes of the study are analysing the features of methods used in creating axial maps, presenting the advantages and disadvantages of these methods, and comparing the methods. Accurately analysing wide spaces such as urban settlements and supporting Space Syntax studies for preventing drawing differences resulting from users in manual drawings are the other goals of this study.


The above mentioned three methods used for creating axial maps are compared in the study in terms of the period, morphological similarity, and analysis results. Analyses are carried out in Depth MapX and the MapInfo program is used for arrangements.


The manual drawing method is the most time consuming one while the RCL maps technique is the least time-consuming. Automatic drawing creates the axial maps based on the very same rules, which makes it the closest technique to the traditional drawing method in terms of textural similarity. However, it is believed that both automatic drawing and RCL need improvement.

Research Limitations/Implications

Manuel Drawing takes a very long time. Therefore, only one application city (Elazig) could be selected in the study.

Social/Practical Implications

The practitioner who wants to decide which of these methods to choose can decide this by looking at this study. He/she can also have an idea of what to pay attention to when using the methods.


In this study, three different axial map-drawing techniques were applied to a city. Besides, for the first time, three drawing techniques were compared and discussed in this study.

Author Biography

Emrah Şıkoğlu

Emrah Şikoğlu (PhD) is currently working as an assistant professor at FU Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Geography Department. His researches mainly focus on Urbanization, Space Syntax, GİS and Behavioural Geography.


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How to Cite

Şıkoğlu, E. (2021). COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF AXIAL MAP DRAWING METHODS: ELAZIĞ APPLICATION. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 9(1), 173–191.