Geographical analysis can be used to a wide range of city components and viewpoints. As an example, what you see as you walk down the street in a single urban block is a type of urban form interpretation. Urban landscapes and building styles are evolving together with the cityscapes they enclose. A broader view of urban form can be gained by using several methodologies to examine the urban form of a city region as a whole. Urban mobility and transit, for example, are typically analyzed in terms of the residential, workplace, and/or building density, accessibility and connection evaluations. There are many analytical approaches and opinions on urban form, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) has become an increasingly powerful tool for implementing them. Land-use planners and regional development professionals can utilize this data to augment their previous knowledge and make more informed judgments about future development.
Strategic planners involved in urban sustainability must know how the urban shape of a city connects to essential strategic planning concerns, including regional equality, attractiveness, and environmental performance, such as density, land use allocation, and accessibility to services and facilities.