What are the main types and the stages of the process of Urban morphology?
Urban morphology is “the study of human settlements and the process of their formation and transformation” (Dr. Agustine Martire). Buildings and the space between them are designed to be appropriate for their use and for the purpose of their function. Over the years many different models have developed, and each has its own characteristics. During this process, there are some stages that help the process to work. Firstly, the development must relate to the functional life of the inhabitants of the space. Since building is long-term aspects of the city, there will always be that link to historical use and while some areas are adapted and changed it would not be possible to start afresh each time a new function is needed. In my example of the Titanic quarter, there is no longer the need for shipbuilding, but space has been redeveloped to celebrate the history yet providing for the new function of social interaction and education. “Compromise is made between form and function.” Generally, enlargement is the most significant change to be made allowing the new function to be incorporated into the design without compromising the original historic use. The planning and design of buildings and public spaces have arisen out of this growth with the relationship between them providing vitality to the city. However, as the city grows so the need for planned connectivity becomes apparent. There must be a vision to link the buildings, public space and the activities in the area in a structured and effective manner. “on this tripod -form, function, and connection … we must shape our methodology”.