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
[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
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
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
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
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.
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