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MIT Students Team With Nonprofit to Flip a Prison Into an Agricultural Community Center

08:00 - 11 July, 2018
MIT Students Team With Nonprofit to Flip a Prison Into an Agricultural Community Center, The entrance of the museum and conference space is lively with greenery and activity. The proposed design includes the addition of a rooftop greenhouse, as well as enlarging existing windows to brighten the interiors. Image Courtesy of Group Project
The entrance of the museum and conference space is lively with greenery and activity. The proposed design includes the addition of a rooftop greenhouse, as well as enlarging existing windows to brighten the interiors. Image Courtesy of Group Project

Group Project, a student group from MIT, is helping GrowingChange, a non-profit that works with previously incarcerated youth, to transform an old North Carolina prison into an agricultural community center. GrowingChange looks to take advantage of the small, decommissioned prisons scattered throughout the state's landscape. They see these sites as "places where communities can work together to provide clinical support, education, and vocational training as a means to divert youth from the criminal justice" system.

Read on for more about how prison flipping intends to "counter a legacy of incarceration."

Prison buildings are inherently inward facing. A new porch next to the community kitchen reclaims outdoor space for eating and lounging. Additional porches will be used throughout the site to encourage a more outward facing campus vibe. Image Courtesy of Group Project The upper platform offers a larger and higher space with views over the whole site. Operable wire mesh barriers within the large square openings provide safety while still allowing each of the walls to be used for rappelling. Image Courtesy of Group Project A colorful illustration showing different type of planting throughout the Growing Change campus. These plantings are organized to create a range of spaces—from an intimate and enclosed space for bonfires to the grand entrance leading to the exhibition space. Edible gardens are also planned throughout the campus. Image Courtesy of Group Project Large glass openings connect the exterior courtyard to the Kitchen—the heart of the campus—and invite visitors inside to watch chefs prepare healthy food, using ingredients grown on the GrowingChange campus. Image Courtesy of Group Project + 9

Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Create Planning Vision for Charlotte Science Center

16:30 - 15 November, 2017
Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Create Planning Vision for Charlotte Science Center , Discovery Place Science Center, Grand Opening Day 1981. Image Courtesy of Discovery Place
Discovery Place Science Center, Grand Opening Day 1981. Image Courtesy of Discovery Place

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has been selected by Discovery Place and the City of Charlotte to design the new Discovery Place Science center in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Partnering with architect-of-record Jenkins•Peer Architects (J•PA), the team will create a masterplan and conceptual design for the museum, one of the state's most popular cultural attractions.

Snøhetta and Clark Nexsen Selected to Design New Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

16:15 - 24 October, 2017
Snøhetta and Clark Nexsen Selected to Design New Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Image Courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Photo by Robert Christopher
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Image Courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Photo by Robert Christopher

The team of Snøhetta (design architect), Clark Nexsen (architect-of-record) and brightspot strategy (community engagement and space programming) has been selected to design the new Main Building for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina.

The team will work to incorporate the creative vision created by the library and its community through a multi-year planning process. Envisioned as a “public commons,” the building will aimed at becoming a catalyst for urban revitalization, becoming a new hub of culture, education and community connection for the city.

Watch How Urban Growth Can Dramatically Change the Landscape of a City

08:00 - 15 February, 2017

Artist and photographer Rob Carter shared with us a video in which, through montages and digital collages, shows the urban growth of the city of Charlotte, in the state of North Carolina, USA. The video, titled Metropolis, is "an abbreviated city narrative [...] that uses stop-motion animation to physically manipulate aerial imagery, creating a landscape in constant motion."

Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the US and Carter's production features the changes that have taken place in recent years in its central region. Verticality and density of buildings (not necessarily people) continue to mark the urbanization of the city.

Clark Nexsen Wins Activate Urban Housing Design Competition With a Food-centered Vision

08:00 - 26 August, 2016
Clark Nexsen Wins Activate Urban Housing Design Competition With a Food-centered Vision, Courtesy of Clark Nexsen
Courtesy of Clark Nexsen

Clark Nexsen has won the international Activate Urban Housing Design Competition with its proposal for an urban dwelling on South Mint Street in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. The design, entitled Mint, focuses on connectivity and neighborhood and includes residential, retail, and open green spaces.

Conceived as a catalyst for a culinary district, Mint aims to create a new urban living and working space, in which the connectivity of food-centered entrepreneurial enterprises fosters a sense of community.

Janet Echelman's Railroad-Inspired Net Sculpture Premiers in North Carolina

16:15 - 16 August, 2016
Janet Echelman's Railroad-Inspired Net Sculpture Premiers in North Carolina, © Lynn Donovan/CFGG
© Lynn Donovan/CFGG

Janet Echelman has completed her most recent aerial net sculpture in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. Made up of over 35 miles of technical twine woven into 242,800 knots, the sculptures adds a new ephemeral presence to the sky above the city’s new LeBauer Park. Entitled “Where We Met,” the sculpture’s form and composition were inspired by Greensboro’s history as a railroad and textile hub.

© Cecelia Thompson via The Public Art Endowment © Lynn Donovan/CFGG © Lynn Donovan/CFGG © Lynn Donovan/CFGG + 5

AIA Honors George Smart with 2016 Collaborative Achievement Award

14:00 - 6 February, 2016
AIA Honors George Smart with 2016 Collaborative Achievement Award, via Triangle Modern Homes
via Triangle Modern Homes

The AIA has selected George Smart as the winner of the 2016 Collaborative Achievement Award for his work with North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), which creates “fresh awareness” of modern architecture through its mission to "document, preserve, and promote modernist architecture" across the US. The award, to be presented at the 2016 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Philadelphia, recognizes and encourages distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

Vilalta Arquitectura Designs Granite Excavated Chapel in Raleigh

14:00 - 26 September, 2015
Vilalta Arquitectura Designs Granite Excavated Chapel in Raleigh, © Vilalta Arquitectura
© Vilalta Arquitectura

Barcelona-based Vilalta Arquitectura has unveiled the designs for the Ebenezer Chapel, a granite excavated chapel in Raleigh, North Carolina. Upon completion, the chapel will be excavated 15 meters below ground in a sloped forest terrain next to Richland Creek, and will be built completely from the natural granite on the site.

From the lowest point of the site at the creek, a continuous ramp will slope down around the chapel, and into the foyer, as the main entrance to the space, all of which provides natural light and ventilation in addition to chapel access.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art / Mario Botta

01:00 - 5 July, 2014
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art / Mario Botta, © Joel Lassiter
© Joel Lassiter

© Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
  • Partner Architect

    Wagner Murray Architects PA, Charlotte
  • Area

    2490.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory

00:00 - 1 February, 2014
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"

01:00 - 21 October, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: UNC Charlotte Wins "People's Choice", © Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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.

RA-50: HOME Competition Mention / in situ studio + David Hill

07:00 - 30 September, 2012
Courtesy of in situ studio + David Hill
Courtesy of in situ studio + David Hill

The RA-50 proposal for the HOME Competition, designed by in situ studio and David Hill, AIA, focuses on building density through alleyway living. By assessing each existing residential parcel in the city of Raleigh, it was apparent that most downtown parcels are larger than the current zoning requirements and will be even larger proportionally once the new UDO is ratified. Therefore, their proposal establishes a new zone within the UDO – alley residential, or RA-50. This new zone would be allowed in any block that is bisected by an existing or potential alleyway and where lots backing up to the alleyways have a surplus of land to shave away and form new, smaller lots that could front the alleyway. More images and architects’ description after the break.

NC State University Fall 2012 Lecture Series

04:00 - 24 September, 2012
Courtesy of NC State University School of Architecture
Courtesy of NC State University School of Architecture

North Carolina State University’s School of Architecture recently launched their Fall 2012 lecture series which focuses on “Material | Digital.” The series begins September 24th with Grace La of La Dallman. Featuring other keynote speakers throughout the series, it concludes on November 19th with a local practitioner panel. For more information, please visit their website here.

George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist Residential Design Competition

04:00 - 19 July, 2012

Public voting started this past week and will go on until July 22 for the inaugural George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential design, a unique architecture competition sponsored by nonprofit Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH).

ReSpace Design Competition

23:00 - 31 May, 2012
Courtesy of ReSpace
Courtesy of ReSpace

The ReSpace Design Competition: ‘You Design It! We Build It!’, which focuses on small space design, green building, and sustainability, is currently accepting entries. They are on the hunt for talented architects, artists, builders, and dreamers with a knack for innovation. The challenge: Design a small, unique, and transportable structure that can be built with reuse materials. The grand prize winner receives $1,000 and a chance to see their design come to life. The winning design will be constructed in a 48 hour build overseen by Habitat for Humanity Wake County using materials from their Raleigh, North Carolina ReStore. A total of $3,000 in awards will be presented to multiple winners. Registration ends June 15 with the deadline of submissions August 15. For more information, please visit here.

“How Architects and Landscape Architects Can Work Together” Talk by Frank Harmon

23:00 - 23 May, 2012
Walnut Creek Wetland Center - Courtesy of Frank Harmon Architect
Walnut Creek Wetland Center - Courtesy of Frank Harmon Architect

A nationally recognized leader in modern, sustainable, regionally appropriate architecture, Frank Harmon, FAIA, principal of the multi-award-winning architecture firm Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh, NC, will present a talk entitled “How Architects and Landscape Architects Can Work Together” during the North Carolina chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (NCASLA) 2012 Spring Conference. Harmon, will discuss the urban and rural landscape, how architecture fits into it, and how architects and landscape architects can combine efforts “to leave the landscape better than we found it”. His talk will take place Friday, June 15, from 3:15-4:15 p.m. More information on the event after the break.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Terminal 1 Renovations / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

07:00 - 23 May, 2012
Courtesy of Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Courtesy of Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

With an arrival sequence that starts at curbside with a new canopy system providing both shelter and a new architectural image for the building, the renovations for Terminal 1 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport have been carefully considered and addressed. Designed by Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, their main challenge was the transformation of the existing building in support of the passenger travel experience. As the canopy extends the length of the building and transforms itself at the crosswalk linking the commercial curb canopy, both arrival and departure experienced are emphasized. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Interview: Philip Freelon / The Freelon Group Architects

10:05 - 5 December, 2011

During the 2009 AIA Convention in San Francisco, I had the chance to see a very interesting group of architects, Emerging Voices. That group, in my opinion, represented the new generation of US architects who are advancing the profession with new ideas and innovative projects. Several of those architects have already been interviewed and featured on ArchDaily, but it took me a while to finally meet one of them: Philip G. Freelon. We met during the 2011 AIA Convention in New Orleans, where I had the opportunity to interview him. I really liked this interview, where Philip shares valuable insights on running a firm and his views on the role of the architect.