Case Studies

This section includes a selective survey of different applications of urban morphology. The aim is to illustrate the ways in which the concepts and methods of the discipline are being actively used to investigate different aspects and properties of urban form. Comparing the different applications and taking them together reinforces the general characterisation of morphology as an independent and as an auxiliary discipline. Urban morphology draws on the work of allied fields to assemble a range of methods and techniques to identify regularities and build up more general theories of urban form. The allied fields in turn are applying the resulting concepts and techniques to find further, more detailed regularities as well as to inform the creation, transformation and management of the built environment. As detailed in Section 1, the allied fields include urban geography, urban and architectural history, archaeology and anthropology as well as architecture, historic conservation, urban design and planning.


The act of building is fundamentally one of composition. We create objects by putting together smaller parts. Every time anyone embarks on that process he or she necessarily poses the question, consciously or not: which parts should be used and how should they be put together? There are three broad ways to approach this question. One is to refer to previous attempts and follow the patterns established in ...

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