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The Handbook of Urban Morphology

Book Description

Conceived as a practical manual of morphological analysis, The Handbook of Urban Morphology focuses on the form, structure and evolution of human settlements – from villages to metropolitan regions. It is the first book in any language focused on specific, up-to-date ‘how-to’ guidance , with clear summaries of the central concepts, step-by-step instructions for carrying out the analysis, case studies illustrating specific applications and discussion of theoretical underpinnings tied to evidence from the field. Ideal for students as well as professionals and academics dealing with the built environment.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Introduction
    1. Definition of Urban Morphology and Aim of This Book
    2. References
  3. Part 1 Principles
    1. 1 Core Concepts
      1. Process
      2. Configuration and Type
      3. Hierarchy
      4. Urban Tissue
      5. Comparison, Synthesis and the Composite View
      6. References
    2. 2 Origins and Approaches
      1. Approaches to Urban Morphology
      2. The Typo-Morphological Approach
      3. The Configurational Approach
      4. The Historico-Geographical Approach
      5. The Spatial Analytical Approach
      6. City Image, Townscape, Patterns and Layers
      7. Urban Ecology
      8. The Relationship Between the Approaches
      9. The Focus of This handbook
      10. References
    3. 3 Aspects of Urban Form
      1. Natural Environment
      2. Use
      3. Social and Economic Drivers
      4. Control
      5. Built Form
      6. Intention
      7. Construction
      8. Perception
      9. Natural Resource Flows
      10. Human Directed and Induced Resource Flows
      11. Development and Evolution
      12. The Reference Aspect
      13. Aspects, Diversity and Experience
      14. References
    4. 4 Minimum Elements
      1. Elements
      2. Analytical Views
      3. Identifying and Describing Built Form
      4. Ambiguity: Co-Extensive and Intermediate Elements
      5. Generic Structure and the Status of the Block
  4. Part 2 Methods
    1. 5 The General Process of Analysis
      1. Place, Purpose and Scope of the Study
      2. General Types of Study
      3. Scope
      4. The Study Area
      5. Aspects
      6. Level of Resolution
      7. Time Frame
      8. Mixed Boundaries, Aspects, Resolution and Time Frame
      9. Assessing the Available Information
      10. Information Gathering
      11. The Reference Platform, Data Formats and Resolution
      12. The Working Set-Up and Workflows
      13. Project Plan
      14. Types of Analysis and Their Order
      15. Final Outputs
    2. 6 Desktop Analysis
      1. Natural Environment and Site
      2. Overall Growth and Transformation
      3. Social and Economic Drivers
      4. Control
      5. Route Structure
      6. Built Form
      7. Use and Neighbourhood Structure
      8. City Image, Townscape and Open Space Network
      9. References
    3. 7 Field Survey
      1. Survey Planning and Design
      2. Built Form
      3. Access, Frontage and Boundary Types
      4. Use
      5. Perceptual Structure, City Image Elements and Townscape
      6. Participation and Evaluation
      7. References
    4. 8 Synthesis
      1. Settlement Structure
      2. Composite Character, Relationships and Associations
      3. Interactions, Development and Evolution
      4. Integration
      5. Final Outputs
      6. Circus and Crescent
      7. References
  5. Part 3 Applications
    1. 9 Case Studies
      1. Possible Forms: Allometry, Morphospace and Combinatorics
      2. Microclimate
      3. Energy Use: Cities and Energy Study
      4. Acoustics
      5. London
      6. Paris
      7. Berlin
      8. Istanbul
      9. Floor Space Access
      10. Historical Significance and Understanding: Urban Characterisation of Central Hereford
      11. Social and Cultural Investigation: Ahmedabad
      12. Urban Character and Neighbourhoods: Brighton and Hove Urban Characterisation Study
      13. Measures and Qualitative Evaluation: Morpho
      14. Urban Structure and Development Plans: The Anatomy of Sprawl
      15. Route Structure and Development Plans: North Northamptonshire Urban Structure Study
      16. Zoning Plans and Regulations: Rennes and Porto
      17. Tissue Studies: Appraisal, Collaboration and Education
      18. Masterplanning and Regeneration: Villa 31, Buenos Aires
      19. The Built Environment as a Design Resource
      20. References
  6. Conclusion
    1. References
  7. Appendix: Sample Field Survey Record Sheet
  8. Further Reading
  9. Illustration Credits
  10. Index
  11. EULA