The Spatial Morphology Group [SMoG]


The Spatial Morphology Group is engaged in urban research within the fields of urban morphology, space syntax and design theory. The focus is on the city's form and spatial structure and its impact on human behaviour but also on urban processes such as segregation, local markets and ecosystems.
The group also participates in education, both undergraduate and master’s degree, with particular emphasis on analytical methods within the fields of urban morphology and space syntax where the intention is to strengthen students' understanding of how urban form and the physical structure of cities provides the framework and creates conditions for its functionality.


Building typologyThe world is facing great challenges and with the majority of the world's population living in cities, urban planning and design plays an increasingly important role for sustainable development. Of critical importance to this is a deeper understanding of how urban form supports, structures and limits various urban systems. Urban research on sustainability has long had a socio-technical approach, but SMoG:s research is based more on a system-ecological understanding that widens urban planning and design to also include ecosystems. Such an approach is what we call Social-Ecological Urbanism.
The research activities of the group can be summarized in three main areas:
  • development of new methods and metrics for analysing built form and urban systems, 
  • theory development in which the connections between urban form and its performativity is central, and
  • finally application where the transfer of knowledge into practice is in focus.


In order to be at the forefront of methodological and theoretical developments in Urban Morphology and Space Syntax, we collaborate with internationally leading research groups in these areas:
In order to develop what we call Social-Ecological Urbanism, we collaborate closely with The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and Stockholm Resilience Centre, both internationally leading interdisciplinary research centres focusing on urban ecology, resilience theory and social-ecological systems.
It is crucial for successful research to reach the community and practice, where SMoG, alongside education, is working closely together with Mistra Urban Futures, the leading research platform in Sweden for sustainable urban development. Mistra Urban Futures is an arena for knowledge development and exchange where especially the transfer of knowledge in collaboration with stakeholders in society, such as public authorities and administrations, industry, interest groups and the public is central. Mistra Urban Futures has four local platforms in Cape Town, Kisumu, Gothenburg and Manchester.

Also have a look at the external webpage Spatial Morphology Group

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