Metamorphosis of Urban Form in A Historical Nutshell : A Critical Perspective

Urban form is the interface between the social life and the physical environment of the city. Form based practices, cannot be thought without human dimension. It is people and their living styles that shapes the urban character in a place. Urban form as, commu-nizing tool, a unifier; to identify one’s reign and land that emphasizing democracy and equity. It also emphasizes ‘familiarity’ through an urban code; information provided by the intersections of different urban layers or elements in various cases. Form was created for natural reasons and human based reasons. In ancient city forms and formations, the site selection of settlements seems only dependent to the topography, they are not any different than the primordial instinct of human (Rykwert, 1976). However, in time with the increasing number of population and the concern of managing the resources, urban forms started to be shaped by various dynamics. Accordingly, form-based study of this paper includes different paradigms and perspectives appropriate to the time period studied. Ancient urban form, its generation process and the metamorphosis experienced in route to contemporary form and its own dynamics are the two main research fields of the study. By doing this, after the identification of two mentioned phases, a critical review of change process of urban form is focused on. At the very final, reimagination of urban form generation will be discussed for further.
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E. Kutlay and S. Karadoğan, “Metamorphosis of Urban Form in A Historical Nutshell : A Critical Perspective ,” ROMA, Italy, 2020, p. 35, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: