I bet a lot of us have complained to our neighbours about our local areas losing their “character” or signed petitions against new developments we consider to be “inauthentic”, but why? What do these terms mean and why do we care about them so much?

Urban redevelopment often stirs deep…

The human memory is so powerful that a place on pavement suddenly can trigger a stream of imagery from the distant past, or a meaningful story of something that once happened there. We should champion such keys to the context of a place.

Some argue that tall buildings disrupt architectural scale and cause potential environmental and climate change impacts (Image in Brisbane, Australia, Charles R. Wolfe)

When discussing the appearance of a city, particular urban issues, or profiling a specific place, the variations in individual perception and understanding should not be lost. Differences in place experience are based on a variety of focal points, including landscapes, icons, emblems, symbols, and context clues within ready perception. …

Is there a predicate to “placemaking” where a place is analyzed and mastered? Is that process of immersion, which I so love to emphasize, part of the placemaking process, or should it be called something else? To many, the question poses a distinction without a difference.

Nonetheless, in talking about…

Chuck Wolfe

Author Charles R. Wolfe founded the London-based Seeing Better Cities Group to improve the conversation around how cities grow and evolve across the world.

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