Charlotte and the 2020 Center City Vision Plan
On January 20th at the Wells Fargo Auditorium in Uptown, an audience of 300 attended a lecture delivered by Dr. Gary Hack, former dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. In his discourse regarding “Design After the Age of Oil,” Dr. Hack addressed the role of urban design in the face of one of the most profound and important challenges facing global society: the need to re–imagine and rethink how cities are designed and organized in a future without the plentiful and abundant oil upon which prosperous urban economies have been built.
The lecture was the first of a four-part lecture series co-sponsored by the School of Architecture at UNC Charlotte and the Center City 2020 Vision Plan team. Organized under the theme of “Visions of the City,” four distinguished professors were invited to present their research and design work addressing issues of urbanism in the 21st century from their perspectives as architects, planners, historians, and landscape urbanists.