After two successive thematic issues, Log 38 (Fall 2016) returns to its classic open form, bringing together myriad perspectives from architecture’s center and periphery. Cynthia Davidson’s expansive interview with New York architect Harry Cobb, of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, illuminates Cobb’s 60-plus years in practice, as well as the history of modernism in America. Eve Blau explores the contexts that drove the 1968 Learning from Las Vegas studio at Yale, and Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria Shéhérazade Giudici reevaluate the roots of modern domestic space. Log 38 also features critical perspectives on the current moment in architecture, with reviews of OMA’s Fondaco dei Tedeschi, reflections on this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, and reactions to Brexit from architects and educators affected by the vote, and even an imaginative look at the work of Sam Jacob Studio from 20 years in the future.
The Architectural Imagination cataLog
Log 37 takes readers inside “The Architectural Imagination,” the exhibition curated by Log editor Cynthia Davidson and architect Mónica Ponce de León for the United States Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. This special 240-page color issue of Log features 12 new speculative projects designed for four sites in Detroit by visionary American architectural teams. The cataLog also presents writing by the curators, an interview with Detroit planning director Maurice Cox, and essays exploring Detroit’s past and present, as well as the role of imagination in architecture, by critics, theorists, and historians.
Noah's Ark: Essays on Architecture
by Hubert Damisch
Trained as an art historian but viewing architecture from the perspective of a “displaced philosopher,” Hubert Damisch offers a meticulous parsing of language and structure to “think architecture in a different key,” as Anthony Vidler writes in the introduction. Drawn to architecture because it provides “an open series of structural models,” Damisch examines the origin of architecture and then its structural development from the 19th through the 21st centuries. He leads the reader from Jean-François Blondel to Eugène Viollet-le-Duc to Mies van der Rohe to Diller + Scofidio, with stops along the way at the Temple of Jerusalem, Vitruvius’s De Architectura, and the Louvre, thus tracing a unique trajectory of architectural structure and thought.