Re-Scape Colloquium “The morphology of historic urban landscapes: research, practice and design”

Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden, room F102

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development and VU Amsterdam research institute CLUE+ cordially invite you for the next Re-Scape Colloquium “The morphology of historic urban landscapes: research, practice and design”

on Thursday June 20th from 13:00 – 17:00 at the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden, room F102.  We are honored to receive Ward Leloup (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Keith Lilley (Queen's University Belfast) and Karl Kropf (Oxford Brookes University) as speakers for this event.


Historic urban landscapes are highly valued these days as places where people like to live, work or entertain themselves. Urban form, constituted by an unique arrangement of town plan, land-use and buildings, seems to be a major factor for the attractivity of historic towns. Scholars from several disciplines (historical geography, urban history, architecture, archaeology, heritage studies) contribute to the study of the origin, development and transformation of urban form. In doing so, they generate knowledge on what can be termed ‘the morphology of historic urban landscapes’. This knowledge helps to improve our understanding of the ways in which towns came about and took shape, how their appearance changed over time, and how our present townscapes are the stratified results of centuries of living, working and building by various groups of actors.

Ideally, the knowledge produced in academia finds its way to professionals and policymakers involved in contemporary urban planning and design or heritage management and preservation. They can use this knowledge, for instance, to make informed choices and decisions, or as inspiration for new designs, schemes or developments.

However, does it really work this way? What kind of knowledge are scholars actually producing regarding the morphology of towns? To what extent is their work being used by practitioners in the field of urban planning, heritage and design? What kind of knowledge would these practitioners like to receive from academic scholars? And can scholars comply to those wishes?

See our website for the program and feel free to forward this invitation!

Please register through '' before June 17!