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The Look and Feel of 'Inevitably Urban'

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.30.2014 | 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 09.25.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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.

How to Place-Decode the Elements of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.26.2014 | 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.

Timeless or Time-Bound in the City?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.28.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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.

Jason Linkins

10 Things You Need To Know About Julian Castro If You'd Like To Be Somewhat Informed

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been nominated to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. What's to be said about this? Well, over at the Washington Post, The Fix hooks you up with "The 10 things you need to know about Julian Castro." This must be a misprint, because the article goes on to relate 10 very inessential and/or inconsequential things about Castro. For example, did you know that he has a twin brother? Or that he does not speak Spanish? Here's a hot scoop: Castro could one day be the first Hispanic president of the United States, according to this one guy who said so once, unless of course someone else becomes the first Hispanic president of the United States. The whole "who will be the first Hispanic president of the United States" thing is really sort of up in the air at the moment.

Weakness Isn't an Option

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

It seems that oftentimes, when we speak about notions of manhood, we view the topic with a limited scope. We talk about the "man box," with references...

Watch These Cities Fundamentally Transform In Under 1 Minute

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business

Cities across the globe are growing in size and population at an astounding rate, and a team of researchers are looking at the past to prepare for wha...

Wake Up: Economic Inequality Among Minorities No Longer Just a Minority Problem

Nia Hamm | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

Take economic opportunity away from the nation's largest minority groups and you literally sabotage the economy.

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.

When Words Lose Their Meaning at the Edge of the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

The age-old questions of urban boundaries and city walls matter less today in a physical sense, but photographs have suggested that the political overlay of region, cities and neighborhoods still keep visible form, however counterintuitive.

How to Reduce Pedestrian Fatalities In NYC

Harris Silver | Posted 04.02.2014 | New York
Harris Silver

A number of high-profile pedestrian deaths has put pedestrian safety on the public's radar and on our new mayor's agenda.

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?

A Plan to Reduce Emergency Vehicle Response Times and Increase Safety for Cyclists (PHOTOS)

Harris Silver | Posted 03.09.2014 | New York
Harris Silver

Fire trucks and ambulances responding to emergencies have a higher priority legally and morally than people who choose to drive into Manhattan instead of taking public transit.

Our 13 Favorite Books of 2013

Bruce Katz | Posted 03.01.2014 | Books
Bruce Katz

As 2013 comes to a close, here are 13 books (and a bonus e-book) you should investigate if you want to know more about why cities and metros matter, about the magnitude of the challenges that they are taking on, and about how they can do better.

The Urban Stage on Election Day, Seattle Style

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

In general, our mayor's race has been local in focus, without ample attention to how McGinn reflects, if not leads, the trend lines of changing cities everywhere.

Curitiba's Jaime Lerner

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Roberta Brandes Gratz

"Over my dead body" is how renowned former Curitiba mayor Jaime Lerner responds to a question about the proposed subway for this Brazilian city, internationally famous for inventing the Bus Rapid Transit system under his leadership in the 1970s.

Finding Urban 'Tethers' in City Places

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

In London's Russell Square one recent morning, I saw the human-scale "tether" illustrated above. Whether for safety or togetherness, parent and chi...

Why the 'Sit-able City' Is the Next Big Idea

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.09.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

A greater focus on the sit-able is an invitation to rich discussion and ready illustration based on human tradition.

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 Best New Ideas In Washington

Darius Graham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Darius Graham

What often goes unrealized is that Washington, D.C. is so much more than a collection of government offices and historic buildings, it is also an urban city with all of the attendant challenges.