ISUF Annual Conference Proceedings of the XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form : "Urban Form and the Sustainable and Prosperous City"

Feliciotti, Alessandra and Fleischmann, Martin, eds. (2022) ISUF Annual Conference Proceedings of the XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form : "Urban Form and the Sustainable and Prosperous City". University of Strathclyde Publishing, Glasgow. ISBN 9781914241161 (

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The Annual Conference Proceedings of the XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form: "Urban Form and The Sustainable and Prosperous City" collates 178 papers, and 3 posters and 1 viewpoint. In keeping with the structure implemented during submission, review and presentation of individual contributions, the present book is divided into four main sections: Theory, Methods, Practice and Focus. Within each section, papers were further grouped in a number of themes, as defined below. Section I, Theory, contains contributions deepening our understanding of existing morphological and typo-morphological theories, models and concepts as well as exploring new avenues of knowledge and perspectives from affine disciplines, linking them up to established or original morphological theories. Themes in the theory section include: • The epistemology of Urban Morphology: retracing the evolution of a discipline and charting new research paths. • Towards a descriptive science of urban form: old and new models explaining generative and transformative processes driving complex trajectories of urban evolution. • New trans-disciplinary perspectives in urban morphology: new hybridisations for a holistic understanding of complex city systems. Section II, Methods, looks at existing and innovative tools and procedures for the reading and understanding of urban form and its dynamics, encompassing both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Within the Methods sections, contributions are divided into the following themes: • Innovations in qualitative research in Urban Morphology: methodological perspectives linking to classic Conzenian and Muratorian traditions, with an emphasis on qualitative research methods. • Innovations in Urban Morphometrics: perspectives bringing new quantitative methods into Urban Morphology building on the rise of the digital age, including digital cartography, big data and remote sensing. • Engaging with the social, cultural and institutional discourse: novel and original research methods capturing the interaction of urban form and human life engaging with complementary disciplinary fields. Section III, Practice, looks at urban form as an active player in shaping tomorrow’s cities and at the world of professional practice, policy and education. Contributions within this section address the following themes: • Urban Morphology for design, planning and policy: the practical role of urban form towards the sustainable and resilient, safe and inclusive cities for all. • Urban Morphology, Architecture and Heritage: preservation, reuse, valorisation of built heritage as asset for future prosperity. • Teaching Urban Morphology: methods, experiences and lessons learned to shape the next generation of architects, planners, urban designers and policy makers. Section IV, Focus, reflects on urban morphology in light of emergent global drivers and in relation to the wider debate on Sustainable Development and Climate Change. Contributions within this section revolve around two main topics: • The resilient city: ecological perspectives in Urban Morphology: perspectives and approaches linking urban form to the overall resilience of urban systems. • Urban Morphology for SDG 11: contributions relating urban form to sustainable development goal targets.