August 24, 2010
Urban morphology seeks to understand the spatial structure and character of an urban area by examining its patterns and the process of its development. While urban morphology has been a disciplinary specialization amongst American geographers for years, only in southern Europe, where there was no historical separation of planning and architecture, has the work of urban morphologists been brought to bear in the training of architects.
In the ongoing work of the International Seminar on Urban Form, Christopher Miller, from Judson University, is exploring with his students a more research-oriented approach to the American architectural value in contextual design. In this program, Miller shared recent student work that examines questions like: Can typology be used to solve the problem of the big box in a 19th-century fabric? How is morphology a condition for pedestrian connectivity? Can the connectivity inherent in a historic fabric be the prescriptive standard for infill.
About the Speaker
Christopher Miller is the Graduate Program Coordinator for Judson University's Department of Architecture. He contributes to making urbanism an important feature in the program's character as he teaches the Architecture of Cities and the Architecture of Conviviality and by directing senior and graduate architecture and urbanism studios. He has presented papers advancing human-scaled city-making and traditional architecture as a culturally sustaining activity.