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Other stories by Christopher Hawthorne

  • Critique: Prefab Grows Up

    Factory-built homes have gotten the hype, writes Christopher Hawthorne, but modular’s true potential may lie in building tall.

  • Coda to a Career: Eisenman's City of Culture

    Peter Eisenman’s City of Culture was born during Spain’s Bilbao-inspired architectural boom. But as the project now languishes, what does it say about the legacy of its eminent designer?

  • Razing the Roof: The Uncertain Fate of the Houston Astrodome

    Houston voters rejected a plan to finance the Astrodome’s redevelopment, but not before fans snapped up stadium memorabilia at a firesale. Will the so-called Eighth Wonder of the World escape demolition?

  • The Politics of Spanish Architect Andrés Jaque

    The Spanish architect Andrés Jaque is shaping a novel approach to practice, based on lessons from the economic bust.

  • Discussing the New LACMA Design With Peter Zumthor

    Peter Zumthor is bringing his sizable talents—honed in the Swiss countryside—to Los Angeles with his controversial plan for LACMA. Christopher Hawthorne visits the architect on his home turf.

  • The Getty's Ambitious New Show Explores L.A. Modernism

    Pacific Standard Time attempts to unravel the complicated architectural legacy of Los Angeles. Is the city of eternal youth finally embracing its past?

  • Christopher Hawthorne on Lambert, Mies, Seagram, and the Art of Patronage

    Phyllis Lambert's new book, "Building Seagram," reveals the importance of the architect-client relationship.

  • A Vision Deferred

    When an architect dies, it takes special circumstances for the projects left on the drafting board to be realized. But as Louis Kahn’s FDR memorial shows, writes Christopher Hawthorne, the results can be well worth the wait.

  • Johnston Marklee is Having a Breakout Year

    Christopher Hawthorne explores this Los Angeles firm's rise and its ambivalent relationship with the City of Angels.

  • 17 Days Later

    London officials are leveraging their infrastructure spending on the so-called Neo-Austerity Olympics to help revitalize one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Critic Christopher Hawthorne weighs their chances for success, and at what cost.