Charles R. Wolfe

Charles R. (Chuck) Wolfe, M.R.P., J.D. provides a unique perspective about cities as both a long time writer about urbanism worldwide and as an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use and environmental law. In particular, his work involves the use of sustainable development techniques and innovative land use regulatory tools on behalf of both the private and public sectors. He frequently counsels clients on ways to achieve the successful redevelopment of infill properties under federal, state, and local regulatory regimes. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, where he teaches land use law at the graduate level. He serves on the Board of Directors of Futurewise and Great City, the Management Committee of the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Northwest District Council, and has served as Chair of both the American Planning Association's Planning and Law Division and the Washington State Bar Association's Environmental and Land Use Law Section. Chuck is an avid traveler, photographer and writer, and contributes regularly on urban development topics for several publications including CityLab, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Grist.org, seattlepi.com, and Crosscut.com. He blogs at myurbanist.com.

The State of Being Equal: Improving urban spaces

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 6:30pm AEDT
Readings Carlton
309 Lygon St
Carlton VIC 3053
Australia

The State of Being Equal is a forum intended to make sure we trump Trump politics by exploring how society can be more equitable and just, rather than divisive and bellicose. Each event in the series will examine a new title that is relevant...

The State of Being Equal is a forum intended to make sure we trump Trump politics by exploring how society can be more equitable and just, rather than divisive and bellicose. Each event in the series will examine a new title that is relevant to global and sexual politics.

Charles R. Wolfe’s Seeing the Better City is an invaluable tool for constructive, creative discourse about improving urban space. Wolfe demonstrates how we might better catalog the influences of city elements such as urban form, neighborhood dynamics and public transportation, as well as shares insights into how they can use those observations to contribute to better planning and design decisions.

Wolfe will discuss his research and book with The Urbanist’s Alan Davies.

Free, but please book here.

Seeing the Better City at SF SPUR

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:00pm PDT
SPUR Urban Center
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
Seeing the Better City 6:00 p.m. | Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Seeing the Better City

6:00 p.m. | Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Despite the widespread use of big data, GIS and 3D modeling, personal observation is still a critical tool for understanding what makes places successful. Without it, any analysis may overlook the key local contexts that make our cities unique. Join us as we learn about Seeing the Better City, a new book that focuses on how looking at the sights, sounds and experiences of a place can help create the policies and plans that will shape better urban environments. Co-presented by Island Press.

+ Chuck Wolfe / author

Location

SPUR Urban Center

654 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94105-4015

Email address: publicprograms@spur.org

Phone: 415.781.8726

See map: Google Maps

Admission

Free to the public.

Seattle by Design: Observing and Envisioning a Better Seattle

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 4:00pm PDT
Center for Architecture & Design
1010 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
United States
Seattle by Design: Observing and Envisioning a Better Seattle Thu, Jun 1 from 4pm - 6pm

at Center for Architecture & Design

The Main Streets America program helps to empower grassroots efforts to take on major placemaking efforts,...

Seattle by Design: Observing and Envisioning a Better Seattle

Thu, Jun 1 from 4pm - 6pm

at Center for Architecture & Design

The Main Streets America program helps to empower grassroots efforts to take on major placemaking efforts, building vibrant downtowns that reflect and serve local communities. As our urban spaces change ever more quickly, we  find it easy to talk about the changes we do or do not want to see, but the urban landscape is largely experienced visually.

Local author, urbanist and land use lawyer Chuck Wolfe believes that this realm of missing visual expression helps citizens, design professionals and elected officials alike  get to the heart of what matters to them in changing neighborhoods. In his new book, “Seeing the Better City,” Wolfe details his urban diary technique, using close looking and photography from Seattle and international venues to see and understand their urban environment and how human experience intersects with the built world.

Wolfe will present a brief talk, based on his book, followed by a walk through CfAD's surrounding neighborhood demonstrating his urban diary techniques and inviting participants to begin their process to envisioning a better Seattle.

Attendance to the talk will be limited to 50, attendance to the walk is limited to 25. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera – or phone! – on the walk.