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A comparative study of urban form

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-92
Number of pages20
JournalUrban Morphology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


This paper compares four different approaches to urban morphology: historico-geographical, process typological, space syntax, and spatial analytical. It explores in particular the use of four fundamental concepts proposed in these approaches: morphological region, typological process, spatial configuration, and cell. The four concepts are applied in a traditional gateway area of the city of Porto, Portugal. The area includes considerable variety of urban form. The main purpose is to understand how to combine and co-ordinate these approaches so as to improve the description, explanation and prescription of urban form.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Conzenian school, Muratorian school, Space syntax, Spatial analysis, Urban form

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