If you want to learn about cities today, take a long walk along rural trails and through historic cities and towns. All photos by Charles…View More The Practical Confessions of an Urbanist Pilgrim
Why Urban History [Still] Matters
[Republished five years after original posting, upon today’s visit to Edinburgh from London. This post was named The Guardian Cities‘ web article of the week…View More Why Urban History [Still] Matters
Of City Change and a Stranger
The changing scale of Póvoa do Varzim On Easter Sunday, in Póvoa do Varzim, Portugal, a longtime resident helped us find an open store on an…View More Of City Change and a Stranger
A Good Read for Planners and Peers: Why Old Places Matter
The role of historic preservation — or “heritage” as it’s often termed overseas — is a conundrum faced regularly in the planning and development world. In rapidly changing cities…View More A Good Read for Planners and Peers: Why Old Places Matter
Pondering the ‘Without Effort’ City
Melbourne, Australia, by the author. Island Press first published an e-book version of the book, Urbanism Without Effort, in 2013, and a released a revised, paperback…View More Pondering the ‘Without Effort’ City
On Different Ways to See a Place
Looking forward to 2019, Chuck Wolfe reflects on how time living in London — and exposure to many other places during 2018 — has highlighted how the physical shell…View More On Different Ways to See a Place
Urban Solutions: Are We Chasing Utopia?
Generally speaking, the description of any Utopia that involves many details is apt to be an unconvincing way to present a principle which can be…View More Urban Solutions: Are We Chasing Utopia?
The Baselines of Public Space? Corners.
More so than public squares — which require a conscious set-aside of assembled space — corners naturally result from crossroads, the time-honored, elemental feature of travel between places. A corner…View More The Baselines of Public Space? Corners.
An Expatriate’s Primer on an Urban View
In Gordon Cullen’s epic early-1960s work, The Concise Townscape, he described the visual experience of townscape views through an emphasis on “serial vision,” and on…View More An Expatriate’s Primer on an Urban View
About Perceptions of Place
As a so-called expatriate, I’ve been enmeshed in the task of learning to relate to new surroundings. I have two recent guideposts, Plamen and Pope.…View More About Perceptions of Place