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The Bottom-Line Patterns of Urban Street Design

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

A recent collaboration suggests that we should explicitly recognize historic patterns of pedestrian city settings in contemporary urban design and pol...

Why Do We Write About Cities?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In 2011, amid a visit to San Francisco and just back from Africa, I offered some thoughts about why we write about cities. Three years later, I'm not sure much has changed.

Targeting the Place-Receiving in Placemaking, and Why

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In the end, we should focus more on place-receivers as the most authentic stakeholders of meaning in the urban experience. If people cannot place-receive with a sense of acceptance and inspiration, placemaking may mean very little indeed.

Why Urban History Matters

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Going forward, let's not discount the influence of history's recurring themes in how we redevelop the urban realm.

Urban Blending and the Mythical Search for 'Congruity' in the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

For many, a dramatic contrast in height, bulk and density is the recipe for "incongruity." But, in a larger sense, don't today's urban centerpieces by definition show the latent "incongruities" of city life?

Timebanking: Building Trust and Abundance

Sarah Leone | Posted 03.17.2014 | Hawaii
Sarah Leone

For the past three years, I have done what I love: Teach my community how to cultivate urban soils for food production and continually educate myself ...

Create LA, and Then the World

Amanda Slavin | Posted 12.23.2013 | Los Angeles
Amanda Slavin

If you Google SkidRow, Wikipedia will tell you, "Skid Row contains one of the largest stable populations, between 3,000 and 6,000, of homeless people ...

Contrasting Two Models of How Places Survive

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

The silence of Brovès provided a stark and confounding contrast. I found while photographing the townscape that without its people, the urban form along the highway had little voice. Are there practical lessons from these two models of how a place survives?

The Rural Landscape and Urban Lessons Learned

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.07.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Take a harder look, and see the reasons forests and farms have been elemental to growth management legislation, emulating the naturally evolved agricultural region that has always surrounded the City of Rome.

Three Everyday Ways to Inspire Urban Change

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Unfortunately, when it comes to these far-away urban places, not all of us have real-time access to the inspirational modern projects served by transit, or the historic monuments, streets and squares that illustrate the potential of creative city life.

The Compelling Promise of Urbanism Without Effort

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

As urban stakeholders -- residents, pundits, developers, associated professionals, and politicians -- we like to discuss and debate aspects of urb...

Movement and Settlement, Upside Down

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.22.2013 | Detroit
Charles R. Wolfe

Last week, I participated in the Project for Public Spaces' Placemaking Leadership Council inaugural meeting in Detroit. The event left several impr...

Pursuing the Elusive Green Light of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.24.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

If places are not implemented with care, and if they leave a sense of the overly artificial and concocted, we may collectively and forever chase The Great Gatsby's symbolic green light at the end of Daisy's pier.

Lessons Learned: Five Principles of People and Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.18.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

This is not an obscure antiquarian story, but illustrates a highly contextual place, a small country where the cycles of human history is readily experienced in little more than one day.

What's Next for Places?

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Style
Marian Salzman

There's nothing new in the need for places to grow their appeal and maintain it. Throughout history, attractive locations have acted as a magnet for people, economic activity and cultural life, which all boosted their power and attractiveness.

Inspiring Placemaking Projects In Detroit, Across Michigan

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.18.2012 | Detroit

Could you transform your neighborhood with $2,000? The competitors in the "It's About Place" contest from Let's Save Michigan have come up with ide...

A Simple Portrait of an Urban Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

From time to time, a single image captures the look and feel of city life, and successfully depicts an urban place where people come together. La...

New York City's Inaugural Summer Streets: The People Came

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

StreetFilms writes ... ... the New York City Department of Transportation held its first Summer Streets event on Saturday by opening 7 miles of city ...