The Importance of Urban Form as an Object of Study

Barke, Mike (2018) The Importance of Urban Form as an Object of Study. In: Teaching Urban Morphology. Springer, pp. 11-30. ISBN 978-3-319-76125-1

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76126-8_2

Abstract

The importance of urban morphology is argued from three perspectives—philosophical, cultural and practical. Urban morphology makes sense of the world around us and this chapter will demonstrate the importance of ‘ways of seeing’, arguing for a philosophical approach that integrates physical, social and cultural dimensions of cities. Culturally, understanding urban morphology is a prerequisite to an awareness of urban aesthetics and the layers of meaning attached to townscapes. Through such appreciation, its study adds to the quality of life. Practically, the study of urban morphology performs a vital educational function. Through the detailed study of urban form, we learn both what not to do and how to do things better, a vital objective in achieving successful and holistic urban management. Urban morphology provides an appreciation and unique training for integrating closely related fields of practical application such as urban design, planning, architecture and conservation.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2019 16:09
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 16:09
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37859

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