Publications are divided into three sections. See:

The international journal Urban Morphology

Papers by members of the Group since 2008

Phil Jones et al. Urban Landscapes and the atmosphere of place: exploring subjective experience in the study of urban form. Volume 21, Number 1 (2017), 29-40.

Feng Song et al. Reflections on the gap between academic research in urban morphology and heritage conservation. Volume 21, Number 1 (2017), 87-89. 

J. W. R. Whitehand, Michael P. Conzen and Kai Gu Plan analysis of historical cities: a Sino-European comparison. Volume 20, Number 2 (2016), 139-158. 

Karl Kropf  The normative impulse. Volume 20, Number 2 (2016), 164-165. 

Feng Song et al. Reconciling the theory of urban morphology and the practice of heritage conservation. Volume 20, Number 2 (2016), 159-161. 

Peter J. Larkham. Early ideas of urban morphology: a re-examination of Leighly’s The towns of Malardelen in SwedenVolume 19, Number 2 (2015), 174-180.

Ivor Samuels. More transatlantic myopia?  Volume 19, Number 2 (2015), 181-183.

Xinkai Xiong. An urban morphological bible? A view from China. Volume 19, Number 1 (2015), 99-100.

Karl Kropf. Ambiguity in the definition of built form.  Volume 18, Number 1 (2014), 41-58.

Terry R. Slater. Hypothesizing Roman Alnwick.  Volume 18, Number 1 (2014), 79-81.

Karl Kropf. Consolidating urban morphology as an independent and auxiliary discipline. Volume 18, Number 1 (2014), 70-72. 

Vitor Oliveira, Mafalda Silva and Ivor Samuels. Urban morphological research and planning practice: a Portuguese assessment. Volume 18, Number 1 (2014), 23-39.

Karl Kropf. Review article: Evolution and urban form: staking out the ground for a more mature theory. Volume 17, Number 2 (2013), 136-149.

Karl Kropf and Sylvain Malfroy. What is urban morphology supposed to be about? Specialization and the growth of a discipline. Volume 17, Number 2 (2013), 128-131.

Tolga Ünlü. Thinking about urban fringe belts: a Mediterranean perspective. Volume 17, Number 1 (2013), 5-20.

Feng Song. Bridging the research-practice gap: the case of China. Volume 17, Number 1 (2013), 55-56.

Michael I. W. Hopkins. Vegetation as a component of urban form. Volume 17, Number 1 (2013), 57-59.

J. W. R. Whitehand. Issues in urban morphology. Volume 16, Number 1 (2012), 55-65

Michael I. W. Hopkins. The ecological significance of urban fringe belts. Volume 16, Number 1 (2012), 41-54.

Ivor Samuels. Anglophone squint and transatlantic myopia. Volume 16, Number 1 (2012), 76-78

Karl Kropf. Urbanism, politics and language: the role of urban morphology. Volume 15, Number 2 (2011), 157-161.

Peter J. Larkham and Nick Morton. Drawing lines on maps: morphological regions and planning practices. Volume 15, Number 2 (2011), 133-151.

Hiske Bienstman. Understanding place in the Netherlands. Volume 15, Number 1 (2011), 74-75.

Tony Hall. What happened to the backyard? The minimization of private open space in the Australian suburb. Volume 15, Number 1 (2011), 75-77.

Ivor Samuels. Understanding place? Volume 14, Number 2 (2010), 121-123.

Ivor Samuels. Palladio’s children … and Vitruvious’s grandchildren. Volume 14, Number 1 (2010), 65-69.

Karl Kropf. Aspects of urban form. Volume 13, Number 2 (2009), 105-120.

Hiske Bienstman. Housing associations and built-form conservation in the Netherlands: another gap to bridge. Volume 13, Number 2 (2009), 135-136.

J. W. R. Whitehand. The structure of urban landscapes: strengthening research and practice. Volume 13, Number 1 (2009), 5-27.

Tony Hall. The form-based development plan: bridging the gap between theory and practice in urban morphology. Volume 12, Number 2 (2008), 77-95.

Kai Gu, Yinsheng Tian, J. W. R. Whitehand and Susan M. Whitehand. Residential building types as an evolutionary process: the Guangzhou area, China. Volume 12, Number 2 (2008), 97-115.

Tony Hall. Bridging the gap: applying urban morphology to successful planning practice. Volume 12, Number 1 (2008), 54-57.

Ivor Samuels. Typomorphology and urban design practice. Volume 12, Number 1 (2008), 58-62.

The Urban Morphology Research Monograph Series

Monographs currently available in the Urban Morphology Research Monograph series include:

  • The Norman Town in Dyfed: a preliminary study of urban form by Keith D. Lilley, 1995. ISBN 0 704416484
  • Industrialization and urban morphogenesis: the economics of capitalism and the production of urban space in nineteenth-century Newtown by James P.P. Higgins, 1997. ISBN 0 7044 17499
  • Urban renaissance and structural change: Shrewsbury 1650-1775 by James P.P. Higgins, 1997. ISBN 0 7044 17855
  • The Norman town in Ireland by Pat Dargan, 1997. ISBN 0 7044 17812

Copies and further information may be obtained from the the series editor Terry Slater or Jamie Peart.

Introductory bibliography

For more information about research in urban morphology see:

Aspinall, P. J. and Whitehand, J. W. R. (1980) ‘Building Plans: a major source for urban studies’, Area 12, 199-203.

Conzen, M. P. (2001) ‘The study of urban form in the United States’, Urban Morphology 5, 3-14.

Conzen, M. R. G. (1958)’The growth and character of Whitby’, in Daysh, G. H. J. (ed.) A survey of Whitby and the surrounding area (Shakespeare Head Press, Eton) 39-49.

Conzen, M. R. G. (1960) Alnwick, Northumberland: a study in town-plan analysis, Institute of British Geographers Publication 27 (George Philip, London).

Conzen, M. R. G. (1962) ‘The plan analysis of an English city centre’, in Norborg, K. (ed.) Proceedings of the IGU Symposium in Urban Geography Lund 1960 (Gleerup, Lund).

Conzen, M. R. G. (1966) ‘Historical townscapes in Britain: a problem in applied geography’, in House, J. W. (ed.) Northern geographical essays in honour of G. H. J. Daysh, (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle Upon Tyne) 56-78.

Conzen, M. R. G. (1975) ‘Geography and townscape conservation’, in Uhlig, G. and Lienau, C. (eds) Anglo-German Symposium in Applied Geography Giessen-Würzburg-München (Lenz, Giessen) 95-102.

Conzen, M. R. G. (1988) ‘Morphogenesis, morphological regions and secular human agency in the historic townscape, as exemplified by Ludlow’, in Denecke, D. and Shaw, G. (eds) Urban historical geography: recent progress in Britain and Germany (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge) 252-72.

Darin, M. (1998) ‘The study of urban form in France’, Urban Morphology 2, 63-76.

Gauthier, P. and Gilliland, J. (2006) ‘Mapping urban morphology: a classification scheme for interpreting contributions to the study of urban form’, Urban Morphology 10, 41-50.

Gauthiez, B. (2004) ‘The history of urban morphology’, Urban Morphology 8, 71-98.

Gilliland, J. and Gauthier, P. (2006) ‘The study of urban form in Canada’, Urban Morphology 10, 51-66.

Hofmeister, B. (2004) ‘The study of urban form in Germany’, Urban Morphology 8, 3-12.

Jones, P. (2007) ‘GPS and historical landscapes on hand-held computers’, Urban Morphology 11, 146-7

Kropf, K. S. (2001) ‘Conceptions of change in the built environment’, Urban Morphology 5, 29-42.

Larkham, P. J. (2006)‘The study of urban form in Great Britain’, Urban Morphology 10, 117-41.

Lo, C. P. (2007) ‘The application of geospatial technology to urban morphological research’, Urban Morphology 11, 81-90.

Marzot, N. (2002) ‘The study of urban form in Italy’, Urban Morphology 6, 59-73.

Moudon, A.V. (1997) ‘Urban morphology as an emerging interdisciplinary field’, Urban Morphology 1, 3-10.

Siksna, A. (2006) ‘The study of urban form in Australia’, Urban Morphology 10, 89-100.

Slater, T. R. (1990) ‘Urban morphology in 1990: developments in international co-operation’, in Slater, T. R. (ed.) The built form of Western cities: essays for M.R. G. Conzen on the occasion of his eightieth birthday (Leicester University Press, Leicester) 3-22.

Vilagrasa Ibarz, J. (1998) ‘The study of urban form in Spain’, Urban Morphology 2, 35-44.

Whitehand, J. W. R. (1981) ‘Background to the urban morphogenetic tradition’, in Whitehand, J. W. R. (ed.) The urban landscape: historical development and management (Academic Press, London) 1-24.

Whitehand, J. W. R. (1981) ‘Conzenian ideas; extension and development’, in Whitehand, J. W. R. (ed.) The urban landscape: historical development and management (Academic Press, London) 127-52.

Whitehand, J. W. R. (1988) ‘Recent developments in urban morphology’, in Denecke, D. and Shaw, G. (eds) Urban historical geography: recent progress in Britain and Germany (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge) 285-96.

Whitehand, J. W. R. (1986) ‘Taking stock of urban geography’, Area 18, 147-51.

Whitehand, J. W. R. (1987) ‘Urban morphology’, in Pacione, M. (ed.) Historical geography: progress and prospect (Croom Helm, London) 250-76.

Whitehand, J. W. R. (1987) ‘M. R. G. Conzen and the intellectual parentage of urban morphology’, Planning History Bulletin 9, 35-41.

Whitehand, J. W. R. (1992) ‘Recent advances in urban morphology’, Urban Studies 29, 619-36.

Whitehand, J. W. R. (2001) ‘British urban morphology: the Conzenian tradition’, Urban Morphology 5, 103-9


For further information please contact Jeremy Whitehand.