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Shpuza; Urban Shapes and Urban Grids: A Comparative Study of Adriatic and Ionian Coastal Cities

The effect of shape on urban grids varies according to three types: In unbiased-sparse cities the asymmetry of shape compactness strongly coincides with the symmetry of the distribution of integration; Biased urban grids, termed boulevard grids, are organized according to orthogonal grid where a few lines extend to connect most other lines and where more convex and less fragmented shapes coincide with more integrated cities; Unbiased-dense grids are realized by patching different grids without favoring specific directions. In this type more compact urban shape lead to more integrated urban grids.

The findings presented here suggest foundations for formulating a theory of the interaction between urban shapes and urban grids and proposes a methodological model for bridging the two sides. The issues addressed in this paper can potentially benefit studies in urban morphology and the urban design and planning considering the continuous process of urban growth.

Acknowledgement; I would like to thank my brother Fisnik Shpuza for his help with the computer programming of the current version of Qelizë application.


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