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XVIII International Seminar on Urban Form

The Urban Design Studies Unit at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde is proud to host the XVIII International Seminar of Urban Form (ISUF2021) conference in Glasgow, UK.  The conference addresses the role of urban morphology in delivering sustainable and prosperous cities, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”.

This conference aims to address: the state of the art in the study and understanding of urban form; the current and future challenges that call urban form into play; the relationship between urban morphology and other areas of science, and how to bridge gaps in interdisciplinary research. We will also discuss a number of key topics that reflect latest concerns and innovations in the discourse on cities at an international level.


We invite submissions that address the following questions/points:

  • Towards a descriptive science of urban form: old and new models explaining generative and transformative processes driving complex trajectories of urban evolution.
  • The epistemology of Urban Morphology: retracing the evolution of a discipline and charting new research paths.
  • New trans-disciplinary perspectives in urban morphology: from system ecology to evolutionary biology, from sociology to anthropology and economics – new hybridisation for a holistic understanding of complex city systems.
  • Innovations in Urban Morphometrics, digital cartography, big data and remote sensing: quantitative methods building on the rise of the digital age.
  • Innovations in qualitative research in Urban Morphology: novelty in traditional Conzenian, Muratorian and other relevant qualitative approaches.
  • Engaging with the social, cultural and institutional discourse: methods capturing the interaction of urban form and human life.
  • 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: towards the 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.
  • The resilient city: ecological perspectives in Urban Morphology. How can urban form analysis reveal patterns of change that actively contribute to the wider adaptability of cities? Is there a way to measure the potential of urban form to contribute to the overall resilience of cities?
  • Urban Morphology for SDG 11: How does urban form correlate to sustainable processes of change in cities’ social, economic and environmental evolution?