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Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
3-6 July 2014

ISUF is the international organization of urban form for researchers and practitioners. It was inaugurated in 1994, bringing together urban morphologists worldwide. It seeks to advance research and practice in fields concerned with the built environment. Members are drawn from several disciplines, including architecture, geography, history, sociology and town planning

The 21st International Seminar on Urban Form - ISUF2014, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, will take place in Porto, Portugal, from 3 to 6 July 2014. The theme of the conference is ‘Our common future in urban morphology’. It reflects the key role of environment in the debate on the physical form of cities. But it also evokes the need to identify what are the fundamental issues that should be placed on the agenda of urban morphology for the next years.  Indeed, ‘Our common future in urban morphology’ must involve a careful reflection on what should be our contribution as urban morphologists, how it could be part of wider integrated research on cities, and how this could be applied in day-to-day practice. Ten themes will structure this reflection: urban morphological theory; urban morphological methods and techniques; the evolution of urban form, agents of change; revisiting urban morphological classics; teaching urban form; comparative studies of urban form; multidisciplinarity in urban morphology; integrated approaches; and, finally, the relations between research and practice.

Porto is the second-largest city of Portugal and the centre of its metropolitan area. It has a unique location facing the sea and the Douro River. Part of this city, built upon nine centuries of history, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It comprises the largest Portuguese university and the most visited museum of modern art in the country. Porto has a modern airport and a dynamic seaport. In 2012, the city was elected as the Best European Destination. More information at


We welcome you to the 21st International Seminar on Urban Form!

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