Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Chuck Wolfe

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Fifth in an illustrated series about place-decoding from the South of France. What do the politics of urban housing have to do with a seasonal caravan park in Provence? For me, the answer is clear. Our political discussions, mired in jargon and positioning, often lose sight of a human pride...
Fourth in an illustrated series about place-decoding from the South of France. The Finesse of the Avenue Last month in Cassis, the Avenue Victor Hugo told the stories surrounding its pavement and curbs. People walked the Avenue, between a small square-with-fountain and the quay, while the trees, awnings and overhangs together cast the shadows that passers-by always need.The shiny, at-angle...
Inevitable Urban Times These times seem so inevitably urban.  Of course, my wry remark comes from a city-dweller in a post-recessionary Seattle, where new construction appears at every turn. Here, civic dialogue focuses on the social repercussions of growth, such as affordability of urban housing (“build more“, said yesterday’s Seattle Times), the...
Third in an illustrated series about place-decoding from the South of France. Today, many promote urban walkability, but for several years, I have focused on inter-urban, or, even inter-settlement walkability. Strolls through such “places between” not only highlight the virtues of walking itself, but also invoke the universal transitions between distinct locales and the amorphous...
Second in an illustrated series about place-decoding from the South of France. Place Decoding: Moving Beyond the Directed Experience 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...
First in a series of illustrated ruminations from the South of France. 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. Ambiguities range from the changing nature of central State...
Take away context clues, and cities become more interesting matrices--with blank cells to complete--where each of us personalizes how space meets time. A uniform filter applied to multiple urban scenes can easily warp time and location, and obscure--yet somehow enhance--the reality of place. This simple premise informs our point...
Introduction 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. I was well-positioned to capture...