The theme of the conference is ‘Our common future in urban morphology’. It reflects the key role of environment in the debate on the physical form of cities. But it also evokes the need to identify what are the fundamental issues that should be placed on the agenda of urban morphology for the next years. Indeed, ‘Our common future in urban morphology’ must involve a careful reflection on what should be our contribution as urban morphologists, how it could be part of wider integrated research on cities, and how this could be applied in day-to-day practice. Ten themes will structure this reflection: urban morphological theory; urban morphological methods and techniques; the evolution of urban form, agents of change; revisiting urban morphological classics; teaching urban form; comparative studies of urban form; multidisciplinarity in urban morphology; integrated approaches; and, finally, the relations between research and practice.