The definition of critical space used in this paper is identical to the critical path definition employed in the critical path method (CPM). This definition implies that there is no extra floating space; thus, any conflict is expected to result in productivity loss. Space syntax is a theory developed to reveal the hidden interrelationships between spaces using architectural diagrams. Existing studies have indicated the potential for space syntax to identify critical spaces and to assist in reducing conflicts leading to productivity loss. However, there is not yet quantitative evidence demonstrating whether the quantitative parameters of relative convenience and relative control are suitable for analyses of dynamic construction spaces. This study is based on fuzzy theory and uses field observations, engineering personnel interviews, and questionnaires designed to utilize “fuzzy syntax”. Moreover, this study further develops a method for critical space index analysis, which could be useful for the continued analysis of critical space.

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