Writer, urban planner
Charles is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. Currently a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin he invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. Its focus is how cities in a world of dramatic change can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. The notion has become a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources.
Charles helps cities identify and make the most of their potential by triggering their inventiveness and thinking and by opening up new conversations about their future. His aim is to help cities become more resilient, self-sustaining and to punch above their weight.
Charles was born in 1948 in London of German parents and studied political economy in Britain, Germany and Italy. In 1978 he founded Comedia, a respected globally oriented advisory group. He created the link between broad based creativity, culture and transformation. This assesses deep trends and urban potential.
He has completed several hundred assignments for many public and private interests and given key note addresses and workshops in 65 countries across the continents.
He is best known for his “The Creative City” and “The Art of city Making’’ His recent series of nine short, illustrated books, include: “The Creative Bureaucracy, Psychology & the City” and “The Digitized City”. “The Civic City in a Nomadic World” is due to appear in autumn 2017.
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