Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne looks back at the year’s design issues that will affect the future of the built environment. For example, who will President Barack Obama select to design his presidential library in Chicago? There has been much speculation, but an announcement planned for early 2016 will make it official.

Also, how will starchitecture fare in China, as it prepares for a single city's construction of three bridges designed by Spanish celebrity architect Santiago Calatrava, Hon. FAIA?

Will SOM’s new federal courthouse in Los Angeles (pictured here) actually prove to be a good civic building?

Will firms like Mecanoo, based in the Netherlands, or Boston’s William Rawn Associates finally receive the wider acclaim that they deserve?

Read Hawthorne’s full list of questions at the Los Angeles Times.

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