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Log 31
Log 31: New Ancients recognizes the sudden reappearance of history in the work of an emerging group of architects, curators, theorists, and, of course, historians. Drawing a parallel with the 17th-century quarrel between the Ancients and Moderns at the Academie française, guest editors Dora Epstein Jones and Bryony Roberts present the work of practitioners who explore the contemporary possibilities of history. This Spring/Summer 2014 issue particularly emphasizes drawing that synthesizes technology and precedent, including a Piranesi-inspired digital reimagining of Istanbul and an animated analytic drawing of Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane linked via a QR code in the magazine. In short, Log 31 offers a look into history’s history as a way to circumvent the paradigm of constant mechanical innovation.

 
In Pursuit of Architecture Videos
To mark its 10th anniversary and 29th issue, Log presented "In Pursuit of Architecture," a conference at MoMA on September 21, 2013 that featured recent built work selected from an open, international call for submissions.

Join the discussion. Click through to watch videos of the presentations by the 10 architects and see them all join in roundtable discussions on the state of architecture with four critics. And be sure to purchase your copy of Log 29.
 
A Question of Qualities
Jeffrey Kipnis's writing, thinking, and teaching casts architecture as both an intellectual discourse and a lived, affective experience. His essays on contemporary architects are less about making critical judgments than about explication, exegesis, and provocation. In these eleven essays, written between 1990 and 2008, he considers projects, concepts, and buildings by some of the most recognized architects working today, with special attention to the productions of affect. He explores intuition in the work of Morphosis, exhilaration in Coop Himmelb(l)au, freedom in the work of Rem Koolhaas and OMA, magic in Steven Holls buildings, and anxiety in Rafael Moneos writing about contemporary architecture.