Studies of urbanism include the study of the origin and formation of towns from a global perspective. A focus is given to the spatial organization of ruined and existing towns and their relation to cultural parameters such as language and identity.

Urban dynamics is approached through a multi-scalar analysis of urban patterns of cognition and associated landscapes using a variety of documentary sources as well as GIS methodology, a study of socio-environmental interactions in time depth, the analysis of spatial organization of a limited selection of case studies and the analysis of structure/syntax in urban and non-urban areas. Importantly, the historic examples and models of urban development and evolvement are used to analyze urban processes today.