Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

Abu Dhabi's fortune favors the bold

latimes.com — The longstanding sibling rivalry between the two biggest members of the United Arab Emirates, always complex, has taken a remarkable turn in recent months. For years, as its neighbor on the Persian Gulf, Dubai, engaged in a frenzy of construction and deal-making, Abu Dhabi -- the capital of the UAE and owner of its deepest petroleum reserves -- was mostly content to keep its ambition in check.
Feb 05, 2016

Saadiyat Island is such an odd, fraught effort. I visited Abu Dhabi and wrote about it back in 2009: latimes.com/entertainment/…

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena wins world’s most prestigious architecture award, the Pritzker Prize

domain.com.au — When Alejandro Aravena began studying architecture at Santiago's prestigious Catholic University in the 1980s, the strongman Augusto Pinochet was still clinging to power. "It was the last period of Pinochet's dictatorship," Aravena said. "Information was controlled. Not that many things made their way to Chile."

Pritzker winner Alejandro Aravena on Pinochet, postmodernism and building a house for $7,500

latimes.com — Alejandro Aravena on Wednesday won the 2016 Pritzker Prize . Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne reached the Chilean architect by phone at his office in Santiago for a conversation (edited and condensed here) about his buildings, his own stint on the Pritzker jury and his plans for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, which he is directing.
Jan 14, 2016

"We had no fathers to kill." If you're not all Pritzkered out, you might enjoy this extended Q&A with Aravena: latimes.com/entertainment/…

In conversation: Christopher Hawthorne and Carolina A. Miranda on the Pritzker Prize

latimes.com — Alejandro Aravena, a 48-year-old architect based in Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday was named the winner of the Pritzker Prize , the top honor in the field. Carolina A. Miranda, who reported on the work of Aravena and other Chilean architects of his generation for The Times last year, joined Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne to discuss Aravena's win and what it means.

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, 48, wins the Pritzker Prize

latimes.com — When Alejandro Aravena began studying architecture at Santiago's prestigious Catholic University in the 1980s, the strongman Augusto Pinochet was still clinging to power. "It was the last period of Pinochet's dictatorship," Aravena said. "Information was controlled. Not that many things made their way to Chile."
Jan 13, 2016

My Critic's Notebook on the news that 48-year-old Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has won the Pritzker Prize: latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jan 13, 2016

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Jan 13, 2016

RT @HawthorneLAT: My Critic's Notebook on 48-year-old Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena winning Pritzker Prize: latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jan 13, 2016

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Jan 13, 2016

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Transforming the end of the 2 Freeway could be the beginning of a new L.A.

latimes.com — Around the country, cities are demolishing stretches of highway, turning them into parks or boulevards. Los Angeles has an opportunity to do something even more dramatic: to close a piece of elevated freeway to traffic but keep it intact as a huge platform for new open space and housing.
Dec 31, 2015

Let's close the stub end of the 2 Freeway to cars & turn it into an elevated platform for new parks & housing: latimes.com/entertainment/…

Dec 31, 2015

Let's!! Transforming the end of the 2 Freeway could be the beginning of a new L.A. lat.ms/1UhPVc2

Dec 31, 2015

One of the coolest ideas I've heard in a while, transforming the end of the 2 freeway in Echo Park latimes.com/entertainment/…

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What those homeless camps along L.A.'s freeways mean for a public space once above it all

latimes.com — Jonathan Coleman is a 24-year-old drummer who moved to Los Angeles from Tennessee to pursue a career in music. He is struggling to make it. He spends most nights in a sleeping bag on a sidewalk downtown, along a stretch of Main Street that spans the 101 Freeway and is crowded with roughly a dozen tents and lean-tos.
Dec 26, 2015

RT @latimes: What those homeless camps along L.A.'s freeways mean for a public space lat.ms/1mFCCaC pic.twitter.com/hjxbysek0L

Dec 26, 2015

In the past 2 years, the number of encampments and vehicles occupied by L.A.'s homeless has risen 85% lat.ms/1mFCCaC

Dec 26, 2015

RT @latimes: What those homeless camps along L.A.'s freeways mean for a public space lat.ms/1mFCCaC pic.twitter.com/hjxbysek0L

Dec 26, 2015

RT @latimes: In the past 2 years, the number of encampments and vehicles occupied by L.A.'s homeless has risen 85% lat.ms/1mFCCaC

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Who will design Obama's library? Key questions in architecture as 2015 wraps up

latimes.com — These are not the 10 best buildings of 2015. These are the most pressing questions for architecture and architecture criticism as 2015 comes to a close. Who are Donald Trump's architects? Who have been Donald Trump's architects? Who (God forbid) will be Donald Trump's architects? Will one of the L.A.
Dec 12, 2015

Who will design Obama's library? Key questions in architecture as 2015 wraps up lat.ms/1J2FlQ7

For architecture in 2015, the world's 'soft targets' prompt a reevaluation

latimes.com — High-profile architecture continued to find its footing in 2015, to reassert itself after the fallow years of the recession. Big-ticket buildings are once again coming in a rush.

Here are better ideas for the land Caltrans has stockpiled for the 710 Freeway extension

latimes.com — We're having the wrong debate about the 710 Freeway. To put it another way: The debate we're having about the 710 Freeway should be a whole lot broader and more imaginative than it's been so far.
Dec 04, 2015

The land Caltrans set aside for the 710 extension makes up a major land bank. Let's spend its contents wisely: latimes.com/entertainment/…

Dec 04, 2015

Here are better ideas for the land Caltrans has stockpiled for the 710 Freeway extension lat.ms/1NuBG2Z

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Feb 06, 2016

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Feb 06, 2016

One thing I don't get is how the new Twitter setup can be both opt-in and designed to attract/keep new users.

Feb 05, 2016

twitter chasing growth #s like a subprime mortgage brokerage circa 2006

Feb 05, 2016

Do not miss this big @cmonstah joint on the arrival of Arts District juggernaut Hauser Wirth & Schimmel---> latimes.com/entertainment/…

Feb 05, 2016

RT @Yale: Prize-winning composer Hannah Lash is helping @YaleMusic student composers find their own voice. bit.ly/1nS30Pr

Feb 05, 2016

@kristoncapps @awalkerinLA I hope you'll write a separate piece on your impressions of 2016 LA...


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