Explore the Characteristics of Urban Form by Quantitative Urban Morphology - A Case Study in Taichung City

  • 李 伯言

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

City has always been shaped by driven forces The driven forces not only build up various kinds of cities but also create a great deal of urban issues Therefore intentions to change and shape a better city have emerged Coming with new methods and tools invented intentions from governments and planners try to solve urban problems It is obvious that different intentions and planning method would create different urban form which is composed by four basic urban morphological factors: street block plot and building; and it is also important to recognize and identify their existence because urban development is a continuous process and city is an accumulation of past Thus by better understanding the composition of urban form more advanced plans not only for new development but also for conservation and regeneration could be proposed To answer and solve this situation urban morphology is frequently referred However in the history of development of urban morphology we can find that quantitative methods have not been applied synchronously With the emergence of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and growing capability of personal computer now researchers can not only record features of sequence of urban forms but also establish connections with quantitative data which allow urban forms to be studied and analyzed with the socio-economic driven forces This research tries to find out what kinds of urban form has been created by different intentions and tools Dissecting the urban form into the four basic morphological elements to discuss their features and differentiation between them Moreover the quantitative methods and GIS are surely adopted Space Syntax Spacematrix and Landscape metrics because of the potential to explore the urban form in a wide area rapidly and efficiently The representative parameters of urban form would be selected and calculated and patterns development would be identified based on the comparison of these parameters The findings of this research show that intentions and planning methods truly cause lots of influence on the characteristics of urban form and within Taichung city they are recognizable by examining the parameters selected to represent the urban form These parameters may not completely interpret the natures of urban form but it is distinguishable to identify the similarity and diversity as studying a city Also the characteristics of urban form in different periods of Taichung are identified as well as the urban development patterns
Date of Award2016 Aug 22
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorHan-Liang Lin (Supervisor)

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Explore the Characteristics of Urban Form by Quantitative Urban Morphology - A Case Study in Taichung City
伯言, 李. (Author). 2016 Aug 22

Student thesis: Master's Thesis