Deb Ryan: Urban Design is the most immersive and largest art
form there is. And it ranges in scale from the design of a bus
shelter to the grid of a city street. It includes things like
urban open space, creating public parks for people, and
also the design of the steps along the park that lead into
the homes that surround it.
Erin Chantry: The Urban Design Center strives to bring public
awareness to the power of urban design. It is so important to
make time to celebrate community members and design professionals
who put time and heart into making Charlotte the Queen City.
The Urban Design Awards are about recognizing the results of
hard work and creativity that has been invested into our
Mary Newsom: What I call 'The Urbies' began in the mid 1990s.
I was working as a columnist for the editorial page of the
Charlotte Observer. And I was also looking around the city
learning about urban design and about cities and urbanism.
Erin Chantry: Urban Design is all around us from your favorite
walk along tree lined streets to an elegant bench at your local
park. The Urbies aim to celebrate and cultivate the
culture of urban design in Charlotte. Thanks are owed to
every group of designers, planners, advocates, and
residents who breathe life into that culture with their passion
and tenacity. And who pour their hearts into making Charlotte a
better, more beautiful place for all of us.
Narrator: The 2023 award winners...
Great development near transit: Lintmen's
Great walkable neighborhood: Dilworth
Great new life for an old place: Community Matters Cafe
Great public space: Freedom Park
Great placemaking: Charlotte Shout!
Great street: Elizabeth Avenue
Great urban architecture: Latta Arcade and Brevard Court
Great suburban design: Waverly
Great student project: Bowplex Park Vision Pan
People's Choice Award: The Line
Great neighborhood champions: Ruth Ava Lyons and Paul Sires.
Great urban design champion: Mary Newsom
Mayor Vi Lyles: Hello, I'm Mayor Vi Lyles. The annual urban
design awards, or Urbies, celebrate excellent urban
design, and the special places that make Charlotte the Queen
City. The best urban design, expresses community values and
fosters a deep sense of place. Good urban design is found in
those places we want to return to again and again. Sometimes
those places surprise and delight us. And they can also be
places where we feel comfortable and want to stay to be a part of
Deb Ryan: And what I'm excited about is that the conversations
we had as the jury are going to find their way into the public
realm so that more people can understand what the qualities
are we value in terms of creating a great livable city.
Alyson Craig: Each year the community becomes more and more
engaged in the discussion around great places. In this third
installment of the Urbies, we received more nominations than
ever before, which is a testament to the design
excellence that surrounds us in the Queen City. The planning
department is building a culture of great urban design in
Charlotte that reflects the connections between people and
place. Next year we'll be looking forward to seeing what
new treasures you have discovered. Continue to
appreciate your favorite neighborhoods, buildings,
projects, and people and see which new ones emerge as our
city grows. I can't wait to see what gets honored at the 2024
Urbies. See you next year.
Narrator: The Charlotte Urban Design Awards are sponsored by
the City of Charlotte, Charlotte Urban Design Center, and the
University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of