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On the Integration of Place and Urban Morphology

Slivinskaya, Liudmila; Westerholt, René

This paper offers an initial discussion on the nexus of place conceptualization and urban morphology. An attempt is made to work out how taking into account the concept of place, which is difficult to grasp formally but essential for us as humans, would change the study of urban form. This is done from three different perspectives: the understanding of place as a part of the earth's surface imbued with meaning, the idea of place as functional and action-related, and from a relational perspective. It is shown how the inclusion of place can expand the existing focus of urban morphology on rigid, formal, geometric forms of the built environment to include other types of more ‘fluid’ morphologies. The overview offered highlights possible pathways to redefining our understanding of urban form and invites further reflection on this.

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