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Glasgow, Scotland

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ISUF 2021

ISUF 2021 (the 28th International Seminar on Urban Form) will take place on 29 June to 3 July 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The general theme of the conference is ‘Urban Form and the Sustainable Prosperous City’.

The conference addresses the role of urban morphology in delivering sustainable and prosperous cities, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and, in particular, SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. The conference aims to address key topics that reflect latest concerns and innovations in the discourse on cities at an international level. In particular, the conference aims to address:

  1. the state of the art in the study and understanding of urban form;
  2. the current and future challenges that call urban form into play;
  3. the relationship between urban morphology and other areas of science, and how to bridge gaps in interdisciplinary research.

For further information, visit the ISUF 2021 conference website.


Previous ISUF conferences

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 2020: The 21st Century City

- ISUF 2020 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference website -

Nicosia, Cyprus, 2019: Cities as Assemblages

- ISUF 2019 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference website -

Krasnoyarsk, Russia, 2018: Urban form and social context

- ISUF 2018 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference website -

Valencia, Spain, 2017: City and territory in the globalization age

- ISUF 2017 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference website -

Nanjing, China, 2016: Urban morphology and the resilient city

- ISUF 2016 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference website -

Rome, Italy, 2015: City as organism

- ISUF 2015 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference website -

Porto, Portugal, 2014: Our common future in urban morphology

- ISUF 2014 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference website -

Brisbane, Australia, 2013: Urban form at the edge

- ISUF 2013 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference website -

Delft, The Netherlands, 2012: New urban configurations

- ISUF 2012 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference website -

Montréal, Canada, 2011: Urban morphology and the post-carbon city

- ISUF 2011 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference website -

Hamburg, Germany, 2010: Formation and persistence of townscape

- ISUF 2010 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference website -

Guangzhou, China, 2009: Urban morphology and urban transformation

- ISUF 2009 Conference report (PDF)

- Conference brochure / call for papers (PDF) and conference information (PDF).

Artimino, Italy, 2008: Landscape and urban form

- ISUF 2008 Conference report (PDF)

Ouro Preto, Brazil, 2007: Urban morphology in a global era

- ISUF 2007 Conference report (PDF)

Stockholm, Sweden, 2006: Nordic and international urban morphology

- ISUF 2006 Conference report (PDF)

London, UK, 2005: Tradition and modernity in urban form

Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2004: Urban morphology at the IGU

Trani, Italy, 2003: The planned city?

Proceedings of the 2003 conference are available from Uniongrafica Corcelli Editrice, Via S. Milella 10, Bari, Italy. They consist of three volumes, each of about 400 pages, edited by Attilio Petruccioli, Michele Stella and Guiseppe Strappa. The cost is 100 euros and the publication's ISBN is 88-7329-043-4.

Cernobbio, Italy, 2002: The work of Gianfranco Caniggia

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 2001: Retrospective on urban morphology at the millennium

Proceedings of the 2001 Conference have been reprinted and are available for $US 25.00.
Contact: Brenda Scheer, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Utah, 375S, 1530 E. Room 234, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA. E-mail:

Groningen, The Netherlands, 2000: Commissions and Working Parties

Florence, Italy, 1999

Proceedings from the 1999 conference are available from:
Alinea editrice, 17/19 rosso, via Pierluigi da Palestrina, 50144 Firenze, Italy.

The volume is edited by Roberto Corona and Gian Luigi Maffei and is entitled Transformations of urban form: from interpretations to methodologies in practice, ISBN 88-8125-348-8. It comprises 111 papers divided by topic into 15 sections, each section being prefaced by a summary.

Versailles, France, 1998

Birmingham, UK, 1997

Lausanne, Switzerland, 1996