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'Ugly' Development In Charlotte (Rebroadcast)

Civic by Design

Friday, November 25

As the second fastest growing city in the country, Charlotte’s population is exploding and developers are trying to keep up. Hence, all those apartments cropping up around town. But some architects feel those building are too similar, too bland and because there are so many of them, they are beginning to negatively impact the look of the city. Those architects are suggesting stronger design standards need to be adopted and we’ll hear their ideas.


David Furman – Architect and Charlotte native. Principal in two architectural firms specializing in multifamily housing - Axiom Architecture and the Housing Studio, as well as an urban housing developer, CentroCityWorks.

Tom Low – Architect and Director of Charlotte's Civic By Design

Ed McKinney - Interim Planning Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department

David Furman Op-Ed in the Observer: Designers to blame for uninspiring developments

Observer: Why so many of Charlotte’s new apartments look alike (and why some are calling for change)

Originally aired: January 12, 2016