Log 39 looks at a changed political landscape and an evolving urban environment, offering reflections on architecture and the contemporary city both in the United States and around the world. The Winter 2017 issue features incisive commentary by critics and historians on recently completed buildings – from BIG’s VIA 57 West and WORKac’s 93 Reade Street in New York to Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg to Archi-Depot, a museum dedicated to architecture models in Tokyo. In addition, Michael Meredith, Valéry Didelon, and Eric Owen Moss contribute writing on the aesthetic of indifference, the history and future of OMA’s 1989 Euralille masterplan, and a pseudo-scripture for architects. In a special section, practitioners, critics, and activists address the possibility of architecture in the age of Trump.
February 11–April 16, 2017
The Architectural Imagination, the exhibition of 12 speculative architectural projects curated by Cynthia Davidson and Mónica Ponce de León for the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, is now on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Organized by the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Anyone Corporation, the show arrives directly from Venice, where it was seen by a record-breaking audience in the US Pavilion. For the Biennale, Davidson and Ponce de León challenged 12 visionary American architectural practices to imagine new programs and forms for four sites in Detroit, which they selected from the recommendations of an 11-member Detroit advisory group: the Packard Plant, a USPS sorting facility, the Dequindre Cut Greenway, and Mexicantown/Southwest Detroit.
The 12 architecture teams are: A(n) Office, Detroit; BairBalliet, Columbus, OH, and Chicago; Greg Lynn FORM, Los Angeles; Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta; Marshall Brown Projects, Chicago; MOS, New York; Pita & Bloom, Los Angeles; Present Future, Houston; Preston Scott Cohen Inc., Cambridge, MA; SAA/Stan Allen Architect, New York; T+E+A+M, Ann Arbor, MI; and Zago Architecture, Los Angeles.
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.