Moving Urban Morphology from the Academy to the Studio: The Use of Urban Tissues in Teaching and Continuing Professional Development

  • Richard HaywardEmail author
  • Ivor Samuels
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


Instruments of analysis of urban form have been developed to a high degree of sophistication and complexity by academic researchers to the extent that even the term urban morphology can put off the use of these methods by practitioners and those enrolled in design courses––architects, urban designers and town planners. This chapter describes how the urban morphological concept of urban tissue has been used as a design tool in the Joint Centre for Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University (formerly Oxford Polytechnic), and in other institutions including Cracow University of Technology, to analyse and explore design solutions for extensive housing projects. It describes the technique of applying tissues which represent developments known to the designers followed by an interrogation of the result to ascertain the degree to which that tissue is appropriate. The speed of the method enables a number of solutions to be rapidly evaluated and modified to achieve the best fit. Because of its ease of use, the way the method has been used by non-professionals in participation events (which closely resemble New Urbanist Charettes) is also discussed.


Urban tissue Urban morphology Teaching Design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GreenwichLondonUK
  2. 2.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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