Here are two recent economic development/architecture spotlights Claire and I prepared for Architect magazine:

Honolulu

Moana Diamond Head Tower (photo courtesy WCIT Architecture)

For many, Honolulu conjures images of Hawaii Five-O, the Brady Bunch “idol” episodes, or picture postcards of Diamond Head and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. “But it’s not just Waikiki and tourist spots” alone, says sansei (or “native”) Lorrin Matsunaga, AIA, partner at local firm Urban Works. “The city is a collection of interesting neighborhoods that are trying to find some kind of authenticity with regards to culture and place.” Continue reading here.

Atlanta

Eco Office (photo courtesy Jonathan Hillyer)

A destination city, Atlanta has several projects under way that appeal to tourists and locals alike. Case in point: the 75,000-square-foot College Football Hall of Fame, located in the museum district and adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park. The exterior skin of the features a dimpled metal scrim. Continue reading here.