Relating development control regulations to urban morphology analysis concepts is essential to deal with incremental
change in existing contexts, relating urban morphology analysis to intangible factors of change such as land economics,
human needs, politics and ideologies, helps protecting character and value of contexts from unguided change controlled
by waves of political decisions, change of densities and land values. The first part of the paper discusses different
approaches to urban morphology analysis, the need to development control regulations to protect character and
value, the incremental nature of urban change, and urban morphology’s non physical aspects effect on urban change.
The second part of the paper reviews two case studies in France and Egypt to assess development control regulations
in each case, how it affected urban change and area character, and examines whether urban morphology analysis was
part of Development control regulations or not. It concludes with the evaluation of the second case, and the development
of a frame work linking non physical factors affecting incremental change with morphological studies, showing
the need to relate development control regulations to morphological analysis of town’s form and non physical variables
affecting form change to guide positively incremental change.
Keywords: Urban Morphology, Urban Form, Development Control Regulations, Incremental Change, Character preservation.
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