Urban Land Institute (ULI) San Francisco
Seeing the Better City Presentation and Audit
Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF)
Center for Architecture and Design
Seattle by Design: Observing and Envisioning a Better Seattle
Presentation and Visual Analysis
Chuck participated in the first of a series of professionally filmed roundtable conversations on urbanism featuring prominent practitioners and academics titled: “The Delphi Conversations; Discussions on Urbanism and Beyond.” Chuck also delivered a presentation on the principles and urban applications of the Urban Diary tool and the LENS method to members of a leading Stockholm urban design firm, Brunnberg & Forshed Arkitektkontor AB.
Chuck returned to Stockholm in November, 2017 to serve as a visiting affiliate faculty researcher at KTH University and its Centre for Future of Places. He collaborated with faculty in teaching and development of a graduate class on urban observation, gave several talks, and began applied research through the Center that will refine the observational urbanism methodology in Seeing the Better City. In January, 2018, Chuck transitioned to a two-year period as a Visiting Scholar at KTH University.
Neighborhood Audit and Presentations
A land use-oriented non-profit organization and a group of community leaders expressed interest in exploring neighborhood infill strategies applicable to Spokane. Chuck gave a presentation of photographic examples from Seeing the Better City followed by a walking workshop to explore the seam between two Spokane residential areas: Kendall Yards, a newly redeveloped brownfield, and West Central, a diverse, often underserved historic neighborhood. Participants documented what they observed regarding urban form, public transit, parking, accessibility and other city elements via photographs, sketches, and notes. Participants also engaged in dialogue about the distinct separation that exists between these two communities—despite their overlap along opposite sides of the same street— and explored potential solutions for improving communication and connection. The next day, Chuck met with Futurewise and city and county planning staffs to discuss the workshop results.
University of Strathclyde, Urban Design Studies Unit (UDSU)
Summit Keynote Address, Roundtable Discussions, Urban Diary Workshop
The Summit assembled leading international voices in the “plot-based” urbanism dialogue—focused on coordinated small-scale development within historic property development patterns in the United Kingdom—with the goal to move towards practical implementation and greater collaboration in research, practice, and policy.
Chuck’s keynote, titled, “Returning to the First Principles of Urbanism,” posited that the underlying rationales for urban policy, planning, and regulation are best understood by looking at examples from history as well as by observing and gaining a better understanding of the everyday uses of urban space.
Chuck also participated in roundtable discussions and led a student workshop on Urban Diaries and Decoding Places. Students interpreted selected Glasgow locations and presented lessons learned on how to observe cities and for implementation within policy and planning discussions.
Committee for Perth and City of Fremantle
Presentation and Analysis
Chuck provided international examples and visual input as part of a team and mayoral presentation at a public forum organized by the Committee for Perth, a regional leadership organization focused on issues critical to Perth’s future growth and development. The aim of the forum, titled “Future Freo,” was to assist Fremantle in visioning alternative models for growth and to present baseline economic, social and demographic research on local, regional, national, and international trends.
Chuck returns to seven Australian cities this October for multiple engagements, including presentations, workshops, explorations, and consulting with local governments about community input processes, placemaking, and associated planning and regulatory approaches.