The Italian school of process typology


The Italian School of Process Typology (also known as Muratori-Caniggian School), came into being from the work of the Italian architect Saverio Muratori (1910-1973), carried on by the work of his assistants, as Paolo Maretto (1932-1988) and Sandro Giannini (1931), and in particular by the architect and urbanist Gianfranco Caniggia (1933-1987), who studied under the same Muratori. They proposed a new approach to the architectural and urban design based on the understanding of the built environment by examining its detailed structure and the historical process of its formation.

The School counts several researchers and practictioners who, following Muratori’s tracks, confront each other on the different issues concerning the built environment to “test” the so called “survey-design” method at the four levels of the same built environment (architecture, building, urban and territorial levels).
The Italian School of Process Typology is a founding member of ISUF, International Seminar on Urban Form, a forum for researchers and practitioners concerned with urban form; its aim is the international and interdisciplinary sharing of ideas, methods and findings concerned with urban form. Beginning in 1994 with the coming together of some 20 architects, geographers, planners and historians, representing four different language areas, ISUF now has some 600 individual and institutional members from about 50 countries.