focuses on how to understand the innate identity of an urban place. The book provides a catalog of techniques that emphasize “bottom up,” resident-based input. …

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…

Why respect the distinctive character of cities?

We invariably are products of our upbringings, which in my case has led me to write a third, well-illustrated book on understanding city life and form. …

How do we unearth and rediscover landscapes which we can no longer see?

Personal and collective memories in defining a place’s culture and character have tremendous value. Notably, the is not today’s focus. Instead, with , we discuss the landscape environment’s “buried” memories.

Shannon is a founding…

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. …

Today’s episode in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, recalls the look and feel of urban blends discussed in . First, I return to a venue discussed in the Introduction (available in the link at the end of this entry). …

Who says that place is all about engineered or built environments? It isn’t, a point I emphasize many times in . If you need more convincing, listen to Trish Hansen in the video below. …

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…

begins with the notion that communities reflect the fusion of everyday life with the various forces and environments common to urban settings. One example is the overlap of built and natural environments, and the inspiration inherent in their combined appearance. …

When Sustaining Place late last Spring, I wrote about the emergence phases from the first English lockdown. There are parallels today, as the third lockdown begins to unwind. …

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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