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Chuck Wolfe on Urbanism Without Effort [VIDEO PODCAST]

November 18, 2013 by David Thorpe

Exclusive interview with Chuck Wolfe

In the first of a series of interviews with prominent thinkers, Chuck Wolfe shares his views on his favourite cities, the art of place making, the value of keeping diaries, photography, and whether planners should just get out of the way and let citizens get on with the job of making their communities welcoming places.[read more]

Can We Balance the Old and New as a Place Evolves?

December 29, 2011 by Kaid Benfield

We change with time, and so do our communities. In some cases the evolution may seem lightning-fast, in others slow; in some cases change brings obvious improvement, but there is frequently something lost as well. Like it or not, there is no stopping. So how do we remain who we are if our purpose changes? In the case of communities, how do we manage change so as to retain what is most valuable of a place's character?[read more]

The Importance of Legacy to Sustainability

December 23, 2011 by Kaid Benfield

    When we think of “sustainability,” we usually are considering the viability of a place or action into the future – as my friend Steve Mouzon puts it, “can we keep it going in a healthy way into an uncertain future?”  But I increasingly think that, when we consider that nourishing the human spirit is just as important...[read more]

Imagining Cities As A Kid Growing Up In The Bible Belt

September 30, 2011 by Kaid Benfield

    My friend Chuck Wolfe has written a terrific essay called “Rediscovering the Urban Eye of a Child,” on his blog myurbanist.  An astute observer of cities and a gifted photographer, Chuck traces his roots for both, recalling trips as a child to cities abroad with his father, an urban planning professor.  He...[read more]

5 Provocative Ways To Think About Cities & Neighborhoods

June 24, 2011 by Kaid Benfield
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   One of the tenets of Buddhism is mindfulness:  being fully present and aware.  Although I am far from a religious person, I get that, at least in theory.  If one is fully committed to something, even a task as simple and familiar as eating a meal, one is more complete, more alive, or so it seems to me. (Bear...[read more]