The Plume - Architecture Under a Cloud

The Plume: Architecture Under a Cloud

Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, will discuss the prospects for architecture-and architecture criticism - in an era of economic uncertainty and ecological upheaval.

In this talk, Hawthorne will contemplate questions crucial to architecture today: 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.

The event is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP 212.592.2228 or dcrit at to reserve a place.

School of Visual Arts