The Urbanism Hours are virtual lunch time events that explore a given theme through two presentations and a Q&A.

For March's Urbanism Hour, we will be joined by Foundation for Future London CEO Maria Adebowale-Schwarte and author Chuck Wolfe, who will explore how we can sustain culture and character in the context of constant and oft needed urban transformation.

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Maria is CEO of Foundation for Future London. She is a placemaking and grants strategist with over 25 years cross-sector experience in heritage, human and environmental rights, improving urban places and green spaces. Maria’s book The Place Making Factor explores the role of philanthropy in unlocking siloed approaches to funding. She is the founder of Living Space Project, an Ambassador for the Design Council, and an Inaugural Fellow at the Centre for Knowledge Equity, Skoll Centre, University of Oxford.

Maria also sits on several governance boards and advisory groups that hold a strong place-led, sustainable development, culture, and heritage focus including National Lottery Heritage Fund, and Mayor of London’s Sustainable Development Commission, leading on social value regeneration, and City of London’s Culture and Commerce Taskforce.

Chuck Wolfe

Chuck is a multinational urbanism consultant, author, and long-time American environmental/land use lawyer with 38 years of experience in environmental, land use, and real estate law. He has held leadership positions in both the legal and planning professions, and has represented public and private clients in property redevelopment, regulatory entitlements, drafting and brownfield remediation issues in Washington State and other venues.

Chuck is the Founder and Principal Advisor of Seeing Better Cities Group. He is the author of Sustaining a City’s Culture and Character (2021), the third on a trilogy of books addressing how to determine the intrinsic identities of cities and urban places. His other written work includes Seeing the Better City (2017) and Urbanism Without Effort (rev. ed. 2019), both published by Island Press, and blogs at and

This session will be chaired by Andreas Markides, AoU Vice-Chair and Chairman of Markides Associates.

This event is virtual and will take place via Zoom. The link will be sent to ticket holders in advance of the event.

Thumbnail photo of Campus Martius, Detroit, taken from Sustaining a City's Culture and Character by Chuck Wolfe.

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