The Midnight Charette

The Midnight Charette

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#131 - Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer of Los Angeles on the 2028 Olympics, Solving the Housing Crisis, and Elon Musk's Tunnel System

This week David and Marina are joined by Christopher Hawthorne, the Chief Design Officer of Los Angeles, to discuss his transition to becoming the city's first Chief Design Officer, how LA is preparing for the 2028 Olympics, strategies for solving LA's housing shortage, why multi-family projects in California often look the same, balancing community outreach and design, why Elon Musk's tunnel system is flawed, and much more. Enjoy and please leave a review!

Christopher Hawthorne was the Architecture Critic for the LA Time for 14 years prior to starting his position in city government. He has also taught at Occidental College, UC Berkeley, Columbia,and SIARC and won an Emmy as Executive Producer of the program "Third L.A. with Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne".

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