VotW 09: Rob Carter’s Metropolis


A special thanks to Brand Avenue for turning us on to this unique video of the chronological transformation of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. And here is a description of the work by the artist Rob Carter from his website:

Rob Carter’s work uses stop-motion animation, time-lapse video and large format photographs to spotlight iconic and political structures in our urban environment, especially sports stadia, skyscrapers, churches, and other historical landmarks. Cut photographic images and living plants are used to make often humorous retellings of history – morphing and recontextualizing architecture and urban development. Recent work draws parallels between the inspiration and power of the natural world, and human attempts to understand, manipulate and control it in the past, present and future.

Full Length Video
Rob Cater Bio

Westin Raleigh Soleil Center

image courtesy RaleighSkyLine.com

A new 480 ft (146.3m) skyscraper will soon dot the Raleigh Skyline; but not downtown as one would imagine. Instead, the building is situated near a major shopping mall (Crabtree Valley) close to the I-40 Inner Beltline on Glenwood Avenue (aka US 70). The design by Perkins + Will will feature a hotel, spa and condominiums and surpass the tallest building in the city by approximately 50 ft (15.2m) and be second in the state only to the Bank of America Corporate Center (869 ft, 265m) by Cesar Pelli in Charlotte, North Carolina. The project is scheduled to open in 2009.

US EPA Laboratory RTP, NC

The United States Enivronmental Protection Agency RTP opened in 2002 is a multi-building complex that contains over 600 laboratory modules and approximately 2000 scientists and support staff. The 1.2 million square foot complex consists of four 5 story lab buildings, three 2 story office buildings and a 6 story office tower.

The designer Hellmuth, Obata + Kassenbaum set out to achieve a solution that would encompass its client’s environmental goal. Which according to their website was, “The design embodies the EPA’s goals for preserving the natural environment, reducing energy use, conserving resources, preventing pollution and fostering education about sustainable design. Strategies for energy efficiency and water conservation are saving the EPA $2 million a year in operating costs.”

Some of the key environmental issues targeted for consideration during the design included: ecosystem protection, energy and water conservation, pollution prevention, and indoor environmental quality. The completed project also won the 2002 Washington DC Chapter AIA Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design.

New Convention Center Raleigh, NC

O’Brien Atkins photo

A new addition to the Raleigh, NC skyline is finally coming to fruition. Beginning in 2002, city and county leaders commissioned studies aimed at replacing the aging existing facility with a newer, larger, more modern center. The project is a joint venture effort between TVS and local architects, O’Brien Atkins and Clearscapes. The center is located adjacent to the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and helps to anchor the downtown cultural district. Currently the project is LEED 2.1 registered and is projected for completion in 2008.

O’Brien Atkins photo

Afro-American Cultural Center Charlotte, NC


The Freelon Group based out of Research Triangle Park, NC was recently awarded the 2007 AIA Triangle Award for Unbuilt Projects for its Afro-American Cultural Center project to be located in downtown Charlotte near Bank of America Stadium. Among many awards the firm also won the 2001 North Carolina Outstanding Firm Award.

According to information posted on their website regarding the project, “…The 50,000-square-foot headquarters will be located in the heart of Charlotte’s central business district in the area once occupied by the historic Brooklyn neighborhood, the once-thriving center of the Black community which was raised in the 1960’s.”


Architectural Record Link
ArchNewsNow Article regarding Freelon