The History of ISUF
ISUF was created to rectify the lack of a common forum for researchers and practitioners concerned with urban form. In the early decades after the Second World War urban research expanded greatly. It did so within a wide range of disciplines and specialisms – architecture, archaeology, geography, history, planning, urban design, spatial analysis, space syntax and heritage studies – to name a few. But research and interest groups tended to function in isolation from one another. The problem was made worse by language barriers.
ISUF’s aim is the international and interdisciplinary sharing of ideas, methods and findings concerned with urban form. Beginning in 1994 with the coming together of some 20 architects, geographers, planners and historians, representing four different language areas, it now has some 600 individual and institutional members from about 50 countries.
ISUF sponsors an annual conference held on different continents world wide. Click here for a list of past conferences
HISTORY OF URBAN MORPHOLOGICAL STUDY
Here are a selection of articles on the history of ISUF and the study of urban form from different countries and schools. These articles were all published in Urban Morphology, the journal of the International Seminar on Urban Form.
- A.V. Moudon,Urban morphology as an emerging interdisciplinary field (1997)