SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF THE INTEGRATION CORE OF COMILLA CITY CORPORATION AREA AND THE IMPACT OF THE BY-PASS ROAD - A SPACE SYNTAX ANALYSIS
Urban area changes according to different uses of space and movement with the passage of time, as seen in land use,
road network etc. Urban morphological transformation constantly remains under succession. The urbanization process
substantially increases the demand for urban services such as transport, on whose efficiency and availability, the successful
and continued existence of urban society depends. Transportation has a strong influence on the spatial structure at the
local, regional and global levels. Historically, both social and economic growth within civilizations, have been structured
by routes of travel. Thus, it is not surprising that a city’s circulation system has become an important facet in today’s
communication-oriented urban life. Adequate transportation facilities are vital to promote growth, manage the effects
of development and protect and improve city’s quality of life. The paper is intended to analyze the present land uses of
Comilla city (area under the newly formed City Corporation) by drawing axial lines over the collected base map and
identify the integration core of the city, in relation to the introduction of the Dhaka – Chittagong by-pass road. The town
though facing tremendous pressure of haphazard development, has the scope for suggested and designed development
through rigorous surveys and analytical methods using space syntax analysis. This study helps to assess the spatial
impact of introducing a by-pass road on the existing physical city in relation to its functional organization.
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