Urbanism without effort, what can Fremantle learn?

The Committee for Perth, the City of Fremantle and the University of Notre Dame invite you to attend a free Future Freo public forum with special guest Chuck Wolfe author of Urbanism Without Effort.

This 2 hour information session will showcase:

  • Key findings from the Committee for Perth’s FACTBase Fremantle bulletins to date by Professor Matthew Tonts, The University of Western Australia
  • The Committee for Perth’s analysis of community perceptions versus reality for the Fremantle region by CEO, Marion Fulker
  • Key learnings from the Mayor’s recent study tour
  • Chuck Wolfe’s research into urbanism without effort

Chuck Wolfe is a Seattle dwelling attorney focused on environmental and land use law. He assists in the successful redevelopment of infill locations and applies the use of sustainable techniques and innovative regulatory tools. His book Urbanism Without Effort offers an alternative approach to understanding cities and emphasises the importance of urban history and the organic city.

In order to have successful urbanism Chuck believes that the oversubscribed focus on placemaking, planning and population specifics must be replaced with an understanding of those elements that have authentically evolved over a city’s history. It is only when this has been achieved that solutions can be prescribed for cities, based on context gained through personal observation.

Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for a Q&A followed by networking and refreshments.


Thursday 10 September 2015


3.30pm registrations commence

4.00pm formalities commence

6.00pm networking and refreshments

6.30pm event concludes


With thanks to Venue and Host

The Tannock Hall of Education, ground floor lecture theatre ND4/101,

The University of Notre Dame

Corner of Croke and Cliff Streets, Fremantle


Registration Places are limited so please register by 3 September 2015


Enquiries Holly Fulker enquiries@committeeforperth.com.au

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2 Responses to Urbanism without effort, what can Fremantle learn?

  1. Lauren ale Sueur says:

    Just read a news article on ABC news about A 5 year plan to help the retail sector. As a tourist from Queensland visiting Freemantle for the first time last year there was a lot to like. There is huge potential in Freemantle. Accomodation and parking however is very overpriced and I find myself telling friends and family who are considering visiting not to bother with Freemantle as the cost of and hassle is not worth the effort. Most tourists have rental cars and the extra costs for parking at hotels around the CBD is ridiculous. Get the tourists to come and spend the money, the local people are not spending so make the place attractive to stay a night or two by getting rid of parking charges and over zealous parking inspectors. I’m sure I’m not the only person that advises people to drive straight on down to the Margaret River region.

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