EPUM Platform

Meet the EPUM Platform


EPUM is an international research project which aims at the integration of different urban form research and teaching approaches through pedagogic innovation and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The activities of this 28 months project (2017-2020) are funded by Erasmus+ and focus on the development of an innovative, open and inclusive system of teaching and training in urban form from a multidisciplinary perspective, capable of enabling the current and future generation of planning and design professionals to address comprehensively and effectively the variety of issues and challenges faced by contemporary cities.

What is Urban Morphology?

Urban morphology is the study of the physical form of urban settlements and the process of their formation and transformation. There is a variety of schools of thought about urban morphology, what it entails and how it is defined. Urban morphology can be viewed as a context for understanding social relations materialised as built fabric of the city, as the interpretation of the urban form through the visible aspects of its structures, and as the study of urban form and of the agents and processes shaping it over time.

Open Learning Resources

EPUM has collated and produced a number of open access resources to teach and learn urban morphology; a comprehensive list relating to each different approach addressed by the project, as well as the potential for combining the approaches, can be found in the Resources section of this platform. Briefing papers and introductory videos to each different urban morphological approach were developed as part of the project and are available Resources section and are embedded within the Open Learning Curriculum.