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Thinking Places: Towards Application of Place-based GIS in Urban Morphology

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Our PhD student Liudmila Slivinskaya presented her take on incorporating the concerns about space and place into how we conceive of the city at the 28th International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF 2021) in Glasgow, UK

Our lab member Liudmila Slivinskaya contributed a talk and paper to the session ‘Critical perspectives on urban form quantification’ of ISUF 2021. In her work, she outlines a tentative direction towards potentials that might be opened up by the formalisation of place through place-based GIS for the study of urban form. She argues for a need to search for new ways of conceptualisation of urban form beyond its mere geometrical properties, as new types of spaces and new complex hybrid typologies emerge and proliferate in the contemporary city. She suggests that the concept of place, embedded into GIS, could allow for richer data flows to be analysed, opening up new experiential and operational facets of urban form. It might also lead towards better integration of a human-centred perspective allowing to capture 'lived' and 'experienced' urban form beyond the established phenomenological, subjective, individual-focused or narrative approaches.

You are welcome to read the paper here:

Slivinskaya, Liudmila (2022): Thinking places : towards application of place-based GIS in urban morphology. In: Annual Conference Proceedings of the XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form. Glasgow, UK: University of Strathclyde Publishing, 658–663. DOI: 10.17868/strath.00080484.

The International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF) is the international organisation of researchers and practitioners from different disciplines – including architecture, geography, history, sociology, urban planning – founded in 1994 around concerns related to urban form and the built environment of cities. ISUF organises conferences, publishes the journal Urban Morphology and provides an international framework for communication between its members.

The 28th edition of the ISUF conference was held online due to pandemic-related restrictions. It was hosted by the Urban Design Studies Unit at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, and brought together over 300 speakers from over 40 countries in a four-days event.

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