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Urbanism

Urban Edges and How to Define the Spaces Beyond

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Today's urbanist may also see a future gondola station, a walkable destination, or the potential for sustaining natural pockets amid the built environment.  But what compels such vision? I'll take a leap of faith here, in order to put a modern gloss on the human imagination that conceived the edge of the earth in Italy, long ago.

The Places America Forgot

David Fontana | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
David Fontana

What can we do to revitalize the smaller cities and towns in America, and give Americans a choice about what type of place they can call home? This is not the first time in American history we have had a problem with parts of the country being left behind. We should revisit some of the policies that worked before.

Using Urban Observation to "Ghost-Bust" Cities

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I saw a ghost, of a missing building from a boyhood memory -- something that Amazon might have retrofitted, today, if it were still there for the taking.

Smart Growth Takes Root in the Middle East

Anna Clark | Posted 04.28.2015 | Green
Anna Clark

Dubai's smart growth investments are expected to produce substantial economic returns. Dubai recently won the bid to host World Expo 2020, which is estimated to contribute $40 billion to the UAE economy and catalyze more investment in Dubai.

Reading Cities, Cover to Cover, And Why

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

When Charles Montgomery penned The Happy City, he knew that going forward, evolving cities need to honor human emotion. His follow-up labs attempt to measure what humans want and need in urban environments.

It's in Our Heads -- A Review of Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

Frank Gruber | Posted 04.04.2015 | Books
Frank Gruber

Historians of the future may debate whether Benjamin Ross is right, but at least he tries to explain why 30 years after World War II it was American cities, not European, that looked bombed out.

Suburbs of Survival, and the Democracy of Placemaking

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Those of us who style ourselves as "urbanists" -- myself included, much of the time - tend to get a bit snobbish and condescending about, you know, ordinary people.

Headscratching Urban Trends -- An Attempt at Understanding Shoefiti

Bart van Poll | Posted 03.10.2015 | Travel
Bart van Poll

For me, this trend just raises a lot of questions. How far in advance is this planned? Do you take an extra pair with you, or do you walk home in your socks or on barefoot? Actually, why do it at all? Do the shoes mark a special memory or occasion?

From Urbanizing to Urban, According to My Facebook Cover Page

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.08.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

During a year filled with four trips abroad and two months away, many of my 2014 Facebook cover photos helped fill my yearly urban and exurban diaries.

How We Learn From Urban Immersion

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 01.17.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

How we experience purchases of coffee and baked goods may sound fairly trivial, and elitist. But, based on my current immersion in the south of France, I have come to think these simple interactions offer valuable lessons for how to live in neighborhoods and cities.

On the Closing of the Last Lesbian Bar in San Francisco: What the Demise of the Lex Tells Us About Gentrification

Jen Jack Gieseking | Posted 12.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Jen Jack Gieseking

The only bar dedicated to serving lesbians in San Francisco, the Lexington Club, announced that it is closing after 18 years. You may be shocked that the bar is closing and/or that there is only one lesbian bar in that gay metropolis. As a researcher of lesbian-queer spaces and economies, I am not surprised at all.

Sustainable Housing, Politics and a Basic Pride of Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

We carry with us the ability to mine pride from place, even in places that are, perhaps, least expected to shine.

Why the 'Finesse of the Avenue' Is What Cities Need

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

While Cassis is known as a fishing village turned touristic haven (and a departure point for dramatic rock faces above the Mediterranean and remarkable inlets along coast, a short distance from Marseille), this essay is hardly a travelogue.

The Look and Feel of 'Inevitably Urban'

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I have compiled 25 photographs for this essay -- taken in multiple locations since 2009, including cities on four continents. The photographs are presented in black and white, to better show the contrast between the human and built environment, yet also emphasize the undeniably symmetry between.

How to Decode the Place Between Places

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The ebb and flow of nature, economic base and the passage of time are always ripe for observation. Below, take note of one walk's illustration of two towns, their edges and the spaces between.

The Option of Sensing the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us. From a legal perspective, it is an urban property right that transcends public and private domains. It is a form of place-decoding that deserves more illustration and attention.

Recycling Innovation

Jancy Langley | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Jancy Langley

Innovation is iterative. Sometimes change requires interns with fresh perspective. Sometimes it requires people with long-term industry knowledge who understand the parameters of the box we need to think our way out of. Sometimes it requires both.

Meccamorphing - the holy city of Mecca is facing radical makeover

Ziyah Gafic | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Ziyah Gafic

For over a decade, the holy city of Mecca has been going through rapid and radical makeover. The majority of Mecca's ancient-to-millennial architectur...

How to Place-Decode the Elements of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

According to the New York Times' Roger Cohen, France is struggling with changing times, including how perception of classic physical space is evolving as the role of cyberspace expands.

Predictions for the Year 2514: Dystopia That Feels Like Utopia

Anis Shivani | Posted 11.03.2014 | Science
Anis Shivani

I think we're headed toward a dystopia that will look for all the world like utopia. We may already have entered this new paradigm and be well on the way toward its irreversibility, which has profound consequences for individual and social action, and for making the best of this moment of transition that may well last centuries.

Timeless or Time-Bound in the City?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.20.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

A uniform filter applied to multiple urban scenes can easily warp time and location, and obscure -- yet somehow enhance -- the reality of place.

Looking Behind the Common Sense Elements of City Life

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Last month, in Moustiers Sainte Marie, France, I watched several shopkeepers return a lost young bird to a part of town closer to its natural habitat. This small drama was a play of few acts, but reflected a pattern of human conduct embedded in urban life.

Urbanism at a Crossroads

Aaron Bartley | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Aaron Bartley

Establishing community land trusts and working with municipal land banks to meet ambitious affordable housing goals on the edges of these growth districts is the only surefire way to stave off displacement, hipster monoculture and extreme wealth disparity.

Living Green or Looking Green: A Review of 'A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home'

Frank Gruber | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Frank Gruber

Technology is wonderful, and as less impactful technologies become less expensive they can have tremendous benefits. But on a per capita basis, nothing beats the efficiency of that age-old machine for living, the city.

CityLove is Coming to You LIVE in Philadelphia!

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

In #Philly, old #buildings have big hearts and simple messages. #philAdelphia #pa #love #loveletter #preservation #savingplaces #urban #urbanex #ci...