Brendan Behan once described a city as “the place where one is least likely to be bitten by a wild goat”!
I used to work in improving local areas, particularly urban ones, and addressing the demands on the modern city of changes in the economy, society, the environment and technology.
As a result, I became an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, a politically independent, not-for-profit organisation that brings together both the current and next generation of urban leaders, thinkers and practitioners.
The Academy is all about helping places identify and reinforce their strengths, and helping them recognise and overcome obstacles to greater success. It has a very strong focus on learning through sharing of experience across the world and disseminating examples and evidence of good practice.
In understanding the reality of a modern city, the visual is key.
It is only by seeing the reality of urban settings, how urban design has (or has not) played its part, how pressures play out in real terms, how change affects the way the environment has developed and people’s lives has been affected, that anything near full understanding can be achieved.
The Academy listens to people in cities and towns and looks at the reality of each place before assessing the lessons to be learnt from different approaches taken. Just like photography, urbanism is a profession in which you will never stop learning new things.
In this slideshow there are images I have taken in urban areas that exhibit many types of practice and application of place-making approaches.
Should you be interested in the links between the visual and successful strategies for successful places, don’t hesitate to contact me through this website.