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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2012, Issue 192


Urban morphogenesis

Senior Research Fellow Isabel Marcos,
Published Online: 2012-10-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2012-0077


This research on the morphogenesis of the city uses conjointly morphodynamic semiotic theory and structural theory of the urban form to elaborate the existence of a non-trivial topology, stemming from a process of stratification. The basic thesis of this work is the following: On the one hand, the form of a city emerges from the choice of its physical site; on the other hand, it modifies itself through geo-historical actualization. The theory of urban form proposes a global theory of the engendering of forms and their relationships to spatial positions. Morphodynamic semiotics adopts a dynamic conception of the modal phenomenon. These theoretical influences offer our study a morphogenetic conception of meaning that is reconstituted through spatial stratification. This model thus proposed enables us to reconstitute the form of the city in general.

Keywords: morphogenesis; semiogenesis; dynamic; emergence; interactions

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Senior Research Fellow Isabel Marcos,

Isabel Marcos (1964) is a senior research fellow at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa 〈isamar@fcsh.unl.pt〉. Her research interests include dynamic semiotics of urban systems, visual semiotics as a strategy for decision processes, semiotics applied to technological innovations, and transdisciplinary research. Her publications include Dynamiques de la ville. Essais de sémiotique de l'espace (ed., 2007); and As marcas da cultura mundializada na forma de Lisboa (2009).

Published Online: 2012-10-19

Published in Print: 2012-10-11

Citation Information: , Volume 2012, Issue 192, Pages 1–14, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2012-0077.

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