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Urbanism

How We Learn From Urban Immersion

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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...

Older, Smaller, Better: New Findings from Preservation Green Lab

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Julia Rocchi [Preservation Tips & Tools] Older, Smaller, Better: New Findings from Preservation Green Lab from PreservationNatio...

Realizing Mayor Lumumba's Promise

Aaron Bartley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Aaron Bartley

When Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, passed away in February, he left behind a blueprint for combating poverty and promoting sustainability in America's post-industrial cities.

The Bottom-Line Patterns of Urban Street Design

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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.

Sustainability Squared

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Mary Manning Cleveland

How can the world attain a decent, sustainable lifestyle, one that doesn't wreck our land, water, and air? In fact, we already have the necessary technology -- technology that can create more and better jobs. Here are examples from farms, cities, and businesses.

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.

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

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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?