Urban Potential of the Fortified Objects of Kaunas and Alytus Fortresses According to the Space Syntax Analysis

  • Kęstutis ZALECKIS Kaunas University of Technology
  • Nijolė STEPONAITYTĖ Kaunas University of Technology
  • Giedrė GUDZINEVIČIŪTĖ Kaunas University of Technology
Keywords: military architecture, forts, urban potential, space syntax, Kaunas Fortress, Alytus Fortress, Lithuania


The article focuses on the evaluation of architectural-urban potential of military architecture in the contemporary cityscape. Kaunas and Alytus fortresses were chosen for analysis. Evaluation of the potential was performed in two steps. The first step: potential of the locations of the former fortified objects was identified. Space syntax analysis of the axial maps of Kaunas and Alytus was used as the main tool for evaluation of the potential of sites. The second step: inner structure of the objects was analyzed on the base of the maps of convex spaces. In a result attempt to identify potential significance of the fortified objects for the city or its neighborhoods was made. On the base of analysis of convex spaces the archetypical architectural patterns for the each object were named. They can be used as a background for architectural interpretation and scenario making for utilization of the analyzed objects.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.sace.1.1.2611