Urban form and The sustainable prosperous city Conference 2021

Country: United Kingdom

City: Glasgow

Abstr. due: 23.12.2020

Dates: 29.06.21 — 03.07.21

Area Of Sciences: Technical sciences; Architecture;

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Organizing comittee e-mail: info@isuf2021@com

Organizers: The Urban Design Studies Unit at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde


Cities are the most complex of human artefacts.  Here we spend most of our time, socialise, produce and consume. They are kaleidoscopes of humanity, incubators of innovation, they hold solutions as well as threats. They are a constant work in progress, always engaging, for good or bad. The more we study them, the more we realise that their form is never neutral.

On the contrary, their form, how it interacts with social, economic, environmental and economic systems, is central to their success. On their form depends their capacity to be and remain successful and engaging in time. Form is central across all scales of urban systems and we are at a stage when our capacity to study social, economic and environmental systems can be related to the analysis of urban form like never before.

We are indeed at a crucial point in the study of the relationships between all these systems. Furthermore, new technologies, as well as new interpretative frameworks that put time and resilience at the heart of cities’ life, have grown in clarity and capacity over the past years, helping immensely our understandings of these complexities.

With population growing fast, patterns of  consumption, accelerating and our ways of life put increasingly under stress we have little chance for mistake, even when we have limited chances for control. We need to observe and understand better, we need to identify and appreciate patterns of change faster and more precisely.

In all of this, urban morphology holds a central role in leading the way we think and practice what cities are  how they will and should be in the future.

The conference aims to discuss advancements in how to study and understand urban environments, how to best use the new tools we are discovering and developing and how to best apply this new knowledge for creating places we love, which support and fulfil us and contribute to humanity in both efficient and just ways.

The conference aims to advance both theory and practice, and to understand how best to translate these advancements into education, so to help shape newly equipped professionals that will confidently take a leading role in future debate and action.  In particular,  we invite submissions that address the following questions/points:

1) the state of the art in the study of urban form: how mainstream morphological theories developed by different approaches can help advance our knowledge on past processes of urban transformation and shed light on future outcomes? What vocabulary, concepts and models are most apt to study urban form as a complex adaptive system?

2) the current and future challenges that call urban form into play. In particular: what questions should urban morphology address? What new problems should it learn to tackle, and what lessons from our established work should be carried forward? 

3) the relationship between urban morphology and other areas of science:  what paradigms should we align with from other disciplines?  How to bridge gaps in interdisciplinary research? How to make urban morphology applicable to the development of urban space?

Conference Web-Site: http://isuf2021.com/