“The baggage that phenomenology carries with it in architectural discourse is weighty,” writes guest editor Bryan E. Norwood in Log 42. “This issue of Log aims to lighten the load, or at the very least redistribute it.” Subtitled “Disorienting Phenomenology,” the thematic 204-page Winter/Spring 2018 issue presents 18 essays by philosophers, theorists, art and architectural historians, and architects that range from Mark Jarzombek’s close reading of the first three sentences in Husserl’s Ideas: General Introduction to Pure Phenomenology to Caroline A. Jones’s historical analysis of phantom phenomena in Doug Wheeler’s work Synthetic Desert; from Charles L. Davis’s speculations on an architectural phenomenology of blackness to Adrienne Brown’s look at the role of space in producing racialization to Jos Boys’s and Sun-Young Park’s explorations of disability. In addition, Norwood – a philosopher/architectural historian – talks with Jorge Otero-Pailos, author of Architecture’s Historical Turn: Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern, a key reassessment of the idea of architectural phenomenology first put forth in the mid 20th century.
As Norwood concludes, “Architecture doesn’t need a phenomenology; it needs phenomenologies.” Log 42 is a critical observation of those phenomenologies that reflects architecture’s and society’s increasing awareness of the sociocultural richness to be had in diversity.
Also in this issue: Joseph Bedford rethinks the practice of phenomenology, Kevin Berry projects a new mode of being-in-the-world, Lisa Guenther infiltrates the gated community, Bruce Janz wonders about creativity, Rachel McCann exfoliates the flesh, Winifred E. Newman disputes disembodied visuality, Ginger Nolan historicizes the metahistorical, Dorothée Legrand suspends the reduction, Benjamin M. Roth seeks out meaninglessness, David Theodore inverts the Vitruvian Man, Dylan Trigg excavates a prehistory.
Log 42: “Disorienting Phenomenology” – Table of Contents
Joseph Bedford, “Toward Rethinking the Politics of Phenomenology in Architecture”
Kevin Berry, “Heidegger and the Architecture of Projective Involvement”
Jos Boys, “Cripping Spaces? On Dis/Abling Phenomenology
Adrienne Brown, “The Architecture of Racial Phenomena”
Charles Davis, “Blackness in Practice: Toward an Architectural Phenomenology of Blackness”
Lisa Guenther, “A Critical Phenomenology of Dwelling in Carceral Space”
Bruce Janz, “Awe, Wonder, and Creativity”
Mark Jarzombek, “Husserl and The Problem Of Worldliness”
Caroline A. Jones, “Phantom Limbs”
Dorotée Legrand, “At Home in the World? Suspending the Reduction”
Rachel McCann, “Breached Boundaries”
Winifred Newman, “Counter Re-formations of Embodiment”
Ginger Nolan, “Architecture's Death-Drive: The Primitive Hut Against History”
Bryan Norwood, “Disorienting Phenomenology”
Bryan Norwood and Jorge Otero-Pailos, “An Interview with Jorge Otero-Pailos”
Sun-Young Park, “Designing for Disability in 19th-Century Paris”
Benjamin Roth, “The Abetment of Nihilism: Architectural Phenomenology's Ethical Project”
David Theodore, “Turning Architecture Upside-down: From Inigo Jones to Phenomenology”
Dylan Trigg, “The Prehistory of the Apartment”