I am an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Bahrain, interested in gaining a better understanding of the implications of design on the use of buildings, institutions, and cities. I research the spatial behavior of people in the built environment. In 2010 I earned a Ph.D. in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at University College London with supervisors Professor Ruth Conroy Dalton and Professor Alan Penn.
I follow an evidence-based approach. My research has lead me to develop practical software tools to assist with measuring and analyzing behavior within spatial frameworks. These tools facilitate and standardize the gathering of data in a way as to increase the base of evidence and make this process simpler, more efficient, and more affordable.
Cogent Social Sciences (2018) Joao Pinelo Silva, Aamal Z. Akleh; “Investigating the relationships between the built environment, the climate, walkability and physical activity in the Arabic peninsula: The case of Bahrain”. Volume 4, Issue 1. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2018.1502907)
Joao Pinelo Silva (2017); The Syntactic Signature of Starbucks' Locations: A machine learning approach to location decision-making. In: Heitor, T and Serra, M and Pinelo Silva, J and Bacharel, M and Cannas da Silva, L, (eds.) Proceedings of the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium. (pp. 171.1-171.8). Instituto Superior Técnico: Portugal
Joao Pinelo Silva (2017); Towards Statistical Significance of Configuration Models: New evidence of variance and bootstrapping. In: Heitor, T and Serra, M and Pinelo Silva, J and Bacharel, M and Cannas da Silva, L, (eds.) Proceedings of the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium. (pp. 170.1-170.16). Instituto Superior Técnico: Portugal
Joao Pinelo Silva, AbdulMajeed AbdulKarim, Shaker Haji, Motaz Mestarehi, Sonia Lamela, (2018); Preliminary Quantification of the Passive Role of Solar Rooftop Shading in Bahrain: Towards energy reduction for cooling and energy resilience; Presented at conference Energy Resilience and Security, Bahrain, 14-15 October 2018.
Gustavo Cantuária, Bruno Marques, Joao Pinelo Silva, Manuel Correia Guedes (2017); Low Energy, Low-Tech Building Design for the Extreme Cold of Antarctica. PLEA 2017 Edinburgh
Nature Communications (2017) Amir-Homayoun Javadi, Beatrix Emo, Lorelei R. Howard, Fiona E. Zisch, Yichao Yu, Rebecca Knight, Joao Pinelo Silva & Hugo J. Spiers; “Hippocampal and prefrontal processing of network topology to simulate the future”. Volume 8. (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14652).
Joao Pinelo Silva (2016); Solar radiation and street temperature as function of street orientation: An analysis of the status quo and simulation of future scenarios towards sustainability in Bahrain; World Renewable Energy Conference 17 (WREC), 4-6 Dec. 2016 Bahrain.
Amir-Homayoun Javadi, Beatrix Emo, Fiona Zisch, Lorelei R. Howard, Yichao Yu, Rebecca, Knight; Joao Pinelo Silva; Hugo Spiers (2015); Boundary Transitions Drive Hippocampal Retrieval of Geospatial Topology; Memory Disorders Research Society (MDRS) 2015, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (UK), 8-11 September 2015.
Amir-Homayoun Javadi, Beatrix Emo, Fiona Zisch, Lorelei R. Howard, Yichao Yu, Rebecca, Knight; Joao Pinelo Silva; Hugo Spiers (2015); The human hippocampus represents the topological structure of the environment during path planning and entering new fragments of space; Poster at the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) 2015 Festival of Neuroscience, 12-15 April 2015 Edinburgh.
Beatrix Emo; Joao Pinelo Silva, Amir H. javadi, Lorelei R. Howard, Yichao Yu, Ravi Mill, Laura Morrison, Rebecca Knight, Hugo Spiers; How spatial Properties of a city street network influence brain activity during navigation(2014); Poster at International Conference on Spatial Cognition, Bremen, Germany; 15-19 Sep. 2014.
Joao Pinelo Silva (2006); Land Use Location and Urban Topology: Exploring this relationship's relevance and an approach methodology; 8th International Conference Design & Decision and Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning, 4-6 July 2006, The Netherlands.
Teresa Heitor; Joao Pinelo Silva (2005); The spatial Congruence Effect: Exploring the relationship between spatial variables and functional vitality on Lisbon's prime office location. 5th International Space Syntax Symposium, Delft, Holland. 13-17 June 2004.Link to Papers
Joao Pinelo Silva (2010); Frederico de Holanda's; Brasilia: modern city, eternal city; The Journal of Space Syntax; Ed.1, Vol 1.; p249-250.Link to Book Reviews
Joao Pinelo Silva, Drew Dara-Abrams, Alasdair Turner (2011); Environmental Modeling, Including Social and Cognitive Factors in Design using Space Syntax; Workshop at International Conference The Death and Life of Social Factors; University of California, Berkeley, USA, 30 April 2011.
Joao Pinelo Silva, Alasdair Turner (2010); Environmental Modeling: Using Space Syntax in Spatial Cognition Research. Introduction to Depthmap 10. Workshop at International Conference on Spatial Cognition, 15-19 August 2010.
Joao Pinelo Silva (2007); What About People, do they matter?; Paper at Workshop at Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT'07); Melbourne, Australia, 19-23 September 2007.Link to Workshops
Article on specialized magazine: Joao Manuel Carvalho; Joao Pinelo Silva; Urban Morphology and Prime Real Estate: The merit of the congruence between accessibility and urban design. Arquitectura e Vida, 55, December 2005.
Ph.D. Architecture, University College London - Towards a Spatial Congruence Theory : how spatial cognition can inform urban planning and design. (non-published)
M.Sc. Built Environment Evaluation for Sustainability , Salford University - Building Assessment Methods: A study of implementation within the Portuguese context. (non-published)
This web application was created as part of the research project Polar Lodge.
Theese web applications have been created as part of the research project Bahrain Parks.
The project reflects my interest on the built environment of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
bahrainparks.org is developed in R-Shiny, and is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Bahrain Parks Link
As a collaboration and mobile tool to carry out pedestrian counts, OptiQuant wouldn't make sense as desktop software, therefore it is available as software-as-a-service (SAAS)(cloud service). This means that it runs on a server and has two front ends: one for desktop and one for mobile platforms.
OptiQuant was created and funded by myself and developed with the technical support of Kevin Woolley.
Update Jan 2017: OptiQuant served well between 2012 and the end of 2016, but it has been decommissioned.
OptiQuantR is an R package built from scratch to make it easier for users of OptiQuant to analyze and report log data. While OptiQuant allows for quick data exploration through mapping and charting, it also allows for the download of counting data for further analysis on your elected statistical package or GIS. This package, OptiQuantR, extends this functionality even further by: a) allowing an inexperienced R user to create comprehensive reports, automatically; b) to do (some) data manipulation to customize those reports; c) by easing the log data into the R environment, the package removes all boundaries on the the possibilities for statistical analysis of the data (for the expert user).
R and R packages are officially held by CRAN (The Comprehensive R Archive Network). OptiQuantR is availbale from CRAN.
Update Jan 2017: With the decommisioning of Optiquant, OptiquantR has been archived on CRAN.
The first effort towards a tool for automatizing manual pedestrian counts in which I was involved was PedPlus/PedCount, which was developed within startup Strategic Spatial Solutions Inc, co-founded with Drew Dara-Abrams and Vitor Schinazi. This was released under GPLv3 license. PedPlus is available on Github.
I have also developed several comprehensive dashboards. Please feel free to ask for links.
The lodge is a high-performance building for extreme low and high temperatures and is able to withstand hurricane-force winds. The lodge is a high-tech & low emmissions building for extreme climates which can be assembled by two persons.