Log 37: The Architectural Imagination cataLog


Spring/Summer 2016

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.

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Maurice Cox, An Agenda for the Everyday

Cynthia Davidson, The Architectural Imagination

Robert Fishman, Detroit and the Acceleration of History

Todd Gannon, Figments of the Architectural Imagination

K. Michael Hays, Architecture’s Appearance and the Practices of Imagination

Sylvia Lavin, Oh My Aching Antenna: The Fall and Rise of Postmodern Creativity

John McMorrough, Funny, Crazy, Silly: Lyrics for the Suspension of Architectural Disbelief

Mónica Ponce de León, United States Pavilion Courtyard, Biennale Architettura 2016

Postscript, My Detroit Postcard Photos

Four Detroit Sites:

Mexicantown/Southwest Detroit

US Post Office

Dequindre Cut/Eastern Market

Packard Plant

Twelve Speculative Projects for Detroit:

A(n) Office, Promised Land Air

BairBalliet, The Next Port of Call

Greg Lynn FORM, Center for Fulfillment, Knowledge, and Innovation

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Mexicantown: A Liminal Blur

Marshall Brown Projects, Dequindre Civic Academy

MOS, A Situation Made from Loose and Overlapping Social and Architectural Aggregates

Pita & Bloom, The New Zocalo

Present Future, New Corktown

Preston Scott Cohen Inc., Revolving Detroit

SAA/Stan Allen Architect, Detroit Rock City: An Urban Geology

T+E+A+M, Detroit Reassembly Plant

Zago Architecture, A New Federal Project