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Urban Morphology 7.5 credits

Second cycle, F7003B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

F0002B Urban Design or corresponding course. Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English B/6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
This course focuses on theories of urban form, housing patterns, urban planning and urban development nationally and internationally.

After completing the course, participants should be able to: 

Knowledge and understanding
· Describe urban morphology theories of urban form, urban planning, urban development and urban design.

 Competence and skills
· Analyse an urban environment through a selection of urban morphology theories. 
· Present the urban environment analysis orally and through text and illustrations. 
· Summarize urban morphology theories in a literature review. 

Judgement and approach
· Reflect on and explain how urban development through urban morphology dimensions.  

This course covers theories of urban morphology and urban design regarding historical, social and economic dimensions of urban planning and urban development.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
This course includes teaching and learning activities such as lectures, literature seminars, project work, and supervision.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course aims are examined by seminars and a project task. To pass the seminars (U/G) active participation is required as well as a written literature assignment. To pass the project work active participation is required and a pass for the oral, written and visual presentations. The project work is graded by G/U 3 4 5.

Transition terms

Jennie Sjöholm

Literature. Valid from Spring 2022 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Abarkan, A. (2009) ‘The study of urban form in Sweden’, URBAN MORPHOLOGY, p. 121. Available at: (Accessed: 28 October 2021).
Alexander, Christopher, Ishikawa, Sara, Silverstein, Murray, Jacobson, Max, King, Ingrid F. & Angel, Shlomo (1977). A pattern language: towns, buildings, construction. New York: Oxford University Press.
Dovey, Kim (2007). Framing places [Elektronisk resurs]: mediating power in built form. 2. ed. London: Routledge.
Ersland, G. A. (2010) ‘Plot longevity and urban land tenure: a Norwegian case study’, URBAN MORPHOLOGY, p. 21. Available at: (Accessed: 28 October 2021).
Gospodini, A. (2004) ‘Urban Morphology and Place Identity in European Cities: Built Heritage and Innovative Design’, JOURNAL OF URBAN DESIGN, p. 225. Available at: (Accessed: 28 October 2021).
Jones, P. et al. (2017) ‘Urban landscapes and the atmosphere of place: Exploring subjective experience in the study of urban form’, Urban Morphology, 21(1), pp. 29–40. Available at: (Accessed: 28 October 2021).
Larkham, P. J. and Morton, N. (2011) ‘Drawing lines on maps: morphological regions and planning practices’, URBAN MORPHOLOGY, p. 133. Available at: (Accessed: 28 October 2021).
Fainstein, Susan S. (2010). The just city [Elektronisk resurs]. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Kropf, K. (2009) ‘Aspects of urban form’, URBAN MORPHOLOGY, p. 105. Available at: (Accessed: 28 October 2021).
Kropf, K., & Malfroy, S. (2013). What is urban morphology supposed to be about. Specialization and the growth of a discipline. Urban Morphology, 17(2), 128-131.
Marshall, Stephen (2005). Streets & Patterns: The Structure of Urban Geometry [Elektronisk resurs]. Taylor & Francis Group / Books
Moudon, A. V. (no date) ‘Urban morphology as an emerging interdisciplinary field’, Urban Morphology, 1(1), pp. 3–10. Available at: (Accessed: 28 October 2021).
Oliveira, V., Monteiro, C. and Partanen, J. (2015) ‘A comparative study of urban form’, URBAN MORPHOLOGY, p. 73. Available at: (Accessed: 28 October 2021).
Sevtsuk, A., Kalvo, R. and Ekmekci, O. (no date) ‘Pedestrian accessibility in grid layouts: The role of block, plot and street dimensions’, Urban Morphology, 20(2), pp. 89–106. Available at: (Accessed: 28 October 2021).
Whitehand, J. W. R. (2009) ‘The structure of urban landscapes: strengthening research and practice’, URBAN MORPHOLOGY, p. 5. Available at: (Accessed: 28 October 2021).

Reference literature
Carmona, Matthew (2021). Public places urban spaces: the dimensions of urban design. Third edition. New York: Routledge.
Hebbert, Michael (2016). “Figure-ground: history and practice of a planning technique”. Town Planning Review, 87, 705-728.
Kropf, Karl (2017). The handbook of Urban Morphology [Elektronisk resurs].
Oliveira, Vítor (2016). Urban morphology [Elektronisk resurs] an introduction to the study of the physical form of cities. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Project worksG U 3 4 56.00MandatoryA07
0002SeminarsU G#1.50MandatoryA07

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2007-01-31 and is valid from H07.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 02 Nov 2021