Charlotte often gets a bad rap for its lack of good architecture around the city, but there are newer structures cropping up that are starting to turn that feeling around. The Bechtler Museum building is one of those new, innovatively designed buildings, which opened back in 2010. The building is only the second public building in the country designed by renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta. Today, the Bechtler opens an exhibition of Botta’s work around the world, and so we’ll talk about urban design and iconic buildings worldwide and in Charlotte, and what architecture can do to shape the texture of a city.

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Mid-century modern architecture is not known for being flashy. Architects in the 1950s and 60s took their inspiration from nature, designing unadorned homes with low sloped roofs and large windows. They may not stand out from the outside, but inside it’s a different story. Saturday’s Mad About Modern Home tour  offers a chance to go inside 8 of the city’s mid-century gems. Duncan McFadyen talks to Historic Charlotte executive director Nicole McBeth.

The Architecture Of Richard Neutra

Nov 12, 2012

They called him a “prophet of clean, crisp, modernism”, and behind Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra one of the 20th century’s most famous architects.

The mid-20th century saw the birth of home designs characterized by simple, clean lines with large windows and open floor plans. Think Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra. Some say those once modern homes are now outdated but since Richard Neutra’s death, his son, Dion, has been working to preserve those homes and advocating for their place in architectural history. He joins us in advance of his visit to the Bechtler, when Charlotte Talks.