Christopher Hawthorne, “The Plume: Architecture Under a Cloud”

Christopher Hawthorne will discuss the prospects for architecture—and architecture criticism—in an era of economic uncertainty and ecological upheaval. How can architecture maintain its relevance in a culture drained of capital for new construction, and facing new environmental catastrophes on a depressingly regular basis? And how should architecture critics react to these new realities? Part of the answer lies in renovating some old or overlooked concepts in architecture and criticism, including the vacant, the temporary and the slightly worn.

Christopher Hawthorne is architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, where he writes about new and old buildings, sustainability, planning, transit and the lives of cities. He was previously architecture critic for Slate. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Domus, Volume, Metropolis, ReadyMade, Architectural Record, Harvard Design Magazine and many other publications. With Alanna Stang, he is the author of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press).

The Fall 2010 Design Criticism MFA Lecture Series is open to the public. You are warmly invited to attend our lectures, to see our new department and to meet with speakers, faculty members and students over a drink. Space is limited; RSVP to

Event Information

When: 26 Oct 2010, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, 136 West 21st Street, Second floor
Price: Free and open to the public

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