LEARNING the City: Beyond the Urban Diary
My viewpoint towards understanding cities is ecumenical and immersive. We all experience urban life, and have associated expectations, however simple or complex. In democracies, informed representatives are said to advance the needs of their constituents. Basic human needs are similar, but how they are expressed and sorted in a chosen location are not, so places will vary based on blends and mixtures of expression. To understand the particulars of a city, we must understand associated and customized needs, as well as opportunities to provide them.
Achieving public health, safety and happiness will vary. Solutions may be similar, but not the same, and we need to understand—to see and feel—what these solutions, or ‘context keys’, look like from place to place. When considering customized ‘context keys’ for cities today, we must understand how each city or urban place varies from broad stereotypes. We should avoid one-size-fits-all solutions without community input.
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Wolfe, C. R. (2019). Urbanism Without Effort. Island Press.
Wolfe, C. R. (forthcoming). Sustaining a City’s Culture and Character. Rowman & Littlefield.