Los Angele Business Journal March 23, 2018
As L.A. attempts to build its way out of its housing affordability and homeless crisis, it matters more now than ever how a new project’s design speaks to a neighborhood. The appointment of renowned LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne to the newly created post of LA’s Chief Design Officer, can do much to elevate LA’s design debate and drive positive outcomes. The stakes are huge.
Mr. Hawthorne enters the fray at a particularly fraught time. Resident opposition to projects is rising citywide for many reasons: From traffic and parking to gentrification fears. I believe a perceived lack of neighborhood compatibility is another significant factor.