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December 03, 2016

Theory of Re-morph

Reading the morphology of a city seeks to understand the spatial structure and character of a metropolitan area, city, town or village by examining the patterns of its component parts and the process of its development. Some of the world’s iconic cities define themselves by their famous grids. So what happens in the sense, notion, and identity of a city if the grid or shape would be dissolved and rearranged?

Re-Morph is a new approach to urban morphology based on a French artist works “Armelle caron”. This theory considers the city as an art and at the same time invites planner to re-examine the concepts of a city, understand it and gives them a novel morphological profile. This is seeking for ways to visualize and interpret the shape of the city’s map in a different perspective. Shaping the city, deconstruct the map of the city, detaching the blocks from their original geo-location and reorganize them according to whatever other information they carry on: size, community, period, population density, income, number of trees, venues, type of terrain and so on. It is a form of counter-mapping, in which other relevant data take priority over geographical location. In short, taking maps of the cities, reorganizing the individual blocks into ordered rows and transforming a chaotic city into an unrecognizable and systematic order of shapes. It is generally considered a useful way of looking for patterns in the fabric of a city, patterns that might denote how a place developed or indicates strong routes, or simply highlights natural obstacles -rivers, mountains etc. and giving the cities a new landscape simultaneously. This method reminds us deconstruction style and as Peter Eidsenman said about deconstruction, “is not about destroying, but for renovating and re-writing”, more precisely a restructuring the structural layer in a system to see how it is constituted or reconstituted. In reading the city with this tool, two dimensional planes are disassembled into single modules. These modules are sorted, stored, assembled in a simple typology by size, shape, function, culture or time. Classification of species of land …

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