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Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory

Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory is an exhibition spanning the 50-year career of internationally acclaimed architect Mario Botta, the designer of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art building and one of the century's most fundamental contributors to postmodern architecture. 

Solar Decathlon 2013: UNC Charlotte Wins "People's Choice"

The people have spoken: UNC Charlotte’s 2013 Solar Decathlon entry, UrbanEden has won the “People’s Choice Award.” Designed as an urban infill project for a couple in Charlotte, North Carolina, the net-zero solar-powered home defines itself by establishing a strong indoor and outdoor connection in the middle of the city. By enclosing the back deck with a seven-foot tall vertical garden and integrating a high-performance glass wall along the home’s south side, dwellers are presented with the unlikely option of privately enjoying the outdoors within a dense urban context. 

NASCAR Hall of Fame / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

  • Architects: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
  • Associate Architect For Office Tower: LS3P Associates Ltd.
  • Exhibit Design: Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Associates, R.L.L.P.
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: Jaros Baum & Bolles
  • Lighting: Cosentini Associates / One Lux Studio
  • Area: 700000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Paul Warchol, Peter Brentlinger

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Architecture City Guide: Charlotte

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Riction
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Riction

With the help from a few of our readers, our Architecture City Guide headed to Charlotte this week. By American standards Charlotte is an old city, but it has undergone a huge transformation in the last few decades with the influx of banking headquarters. It is now the second largest banking center in the United State and this is partly reflected in its growing skyline. We, with the help of our readers, have put together a list of 12 buildings worth seeing. There are plenty more that could have made the list so please add your favorites to the comment section below. The Architecture City Guide: Charlotte list and corresponding map after the break.

Help us with our upcoming Architecture City Guide: Charlotte, North Carolina

We want to try a new bottom-up approach to our Architecture City Guides and we need your help. To make the City Guides much more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to a Flickr image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. From that we will select the top 12 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single-family residences for obvious reasons. This week we are taking our Architecture City Guide to Charlotte, North Carolina. Example: NASCAR Hall of Fame / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners http://www.flickr.com/photos/ledford/4984861816/ 400 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Revolution Park Sports Academy / Neighboring Concepts

  • Architects: Neighboring Concepts
  • Location: Revolution Park, 2425 Barringer Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208, USA
  • Photographs: Unknown photographer

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