Podcast: Celebrating good urban design in Charlotte

An old water tower in an industrial redevelopment.
Monday, September 27, 2021

When it comes to Charlotte's urban design, there's a perception that the city is dominated by apartments and bland, corporate towers. 

But a new award series is trying to prove that's not the whole story. The Charlotte Urban Design Awards (or Urbies) relaunched this year, co-hosted by the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture and the city of Charlotte, with the goal of highlighting good design and inspiring the city to do more. 

This week's podcast guests include two winners: 

  • Former Charlotte Mayor and longtime architect Harvey Gantt.
  • Damon Hemmerdinger, co-president of ATCO Properties, the developer behind the massive Camp North End adaptive reuse project. 

In addition, we're joined by Deb Ryan, a UNC Charlotte professor, designer and one of the forces behind the new awards series. 

Listen to the "Future Charlotte" podcast below: 

In addition to Apple Podcasts, the show is available on Spotify and Google Podcasts