Special Event
Seeing the Better City


Wednesday, 11 October 2017
16:30 - Registration Opens
17:00 - Event Start
18:30 - Event Concludes


Herbert Smith Freehills
Level 36, QV1 Building
250 St Georges Terrace


This is complimentary to member organisations of the Committee for Perth.

OPEN TO MEMBERS Registration has now closed

We invite you to join us for a special event with International guest speaker Chuck Wolfe.

Creating and improving cities that work for everyone today means seeing them from different perspectives — literally, through personal observation.

At this event, Chuck, an American urbanist writer, photographer, consultant, and lawyer, will present his well-reviewed book, Seeing the Better City. This new work brings our attention back to the real world right in front of us, focusing it once more on the sights, sounds, and experiences of place, in order to craft policies, plans, and regulations to shape better urban environments. Chuck’s clear prose and vibrant photographs show how to catalog the influences of urban form, public transportation, and other basic city elements.
Chuck will share insights into how to chart a future where all city-dwellers—from citizens to real estate professionals and government personnel– can contribute to the improvement of their city. He will explain the book's toolkits for cataloging the influences of neighborhood dynamics, public transportation, urban form through recorded observations aimed at better planning and design decisions.

We hope that you can join us for the one off event hosted by Gold Member Herbert Smith Freehills

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Chuck Wolfe

Charles R. (Chuck) Wolfe provides a unique, broad-based perspective about cities as an urbanist writer, Seattle-based land use attorney, photographer, and affiliate associate professor. 

He recently founded Seeing Better Cities Group (SBC) to improve the conversation around how cities grow and evolve both nationally and across the world. He helps developers and municipalities with policy-related issues and community involvement strategies, shares his insights and expertise as a dynamic speaker, and leads explorations of urban spaces impacted by rapid change and growth.

Chuck is the author of two books, Seeing the Better City (2017) and Urbanism Without Effort (2013), which serve as the foundation of his work at SBC. He has contributed regularly to: Planetizen, CityLab/The Atlantic Cities, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Grist, seattlepi.com, crosscut.com and his blog, myurbanist.com. Chuck is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, where he teaches land use law at a graduate level. This November and December, he will serve as a visiting affiliate faculty researcher at KTH University and its Centre for Future of Places in Stockholm.