Log 43


Summer 2018

Log 43 responds to the many geometries seen in contemporary forms with “The Issue of Geometry,” a special section guest edited by architectural designer and educator Cameron Wu. Some 25 years after the digital revolution of the ’90s, Wu asks, “If we are now armed with a more mature understanding of instrumental design tools, how do we reanimate geometry as a design protagonist rather than a mere design enabler or incidental outcome?” The architects’ responses range from Peter Carl’s interest in rhythm to Iman Fayyad’s perspectival anomalies; from Wes Jones’s reassessment of the many relationships of geometry and architecture to Patrik Schumacher’s advocating for tectonism; from Andrew Witt’s concept of “grayboxing” to George L. Legendre’s form haiku. Wu also offers geometric analyses of five recent buildings, and artist Olafur Eliasson, architect Preston Scott Cohen, and architect Henry N. Cobb talk about their advanced uses of geometry. Log 43 also features essays on architecture’s withdrawal from and engagement with architectural austerity, the architecture of crypto mining, and Miesian materiality, as well as a conversation with Japanese architect Hiromi Fujii.


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Xhulio Binjaku, “The Issue of Geography”

Pierre Chabard, “Utilitas, Firmitas, Austeritas”

Thomas Daniell & Souhei Imamura, “Off Grid: A Conversation with Hiromi Fujii”

Matthew Mullane, “The Cryptoshed”

Josean Ruiz Esquíroz, “Un/dressing Mies”


PLUS a special section: The Issue of Geometry

Peter Carl, “Architecture, Geometries, Rhythms”

Henry N. Cobb & Cameron Wu, “Metamorphic Towers”

Preston Scott Cohen & Cameron Wu, “Functional Pruning”

Olafur Eliasson & Sebastian Behmann, “Reality Drivers”

Iman Fayyad, “Phantom Space”

Wes Jones, “Architecture Versus Geometry”

George L. Legendre, “Form Haiku”

Patrik Schumacher, “The Progress of Geometry as Design Resource”

Andrew Witt, “Grayboxing”

Cameron Wu, “Ellipse, Parabola, Hyperbola : Ellipsis, Parable, Hyperbole”


Geometric observations on VIA 57 West 130, Goto House, 520 West 28th Street, Springtecture B, and Blavatnik School of Government . . .

And observations on agritourism, Arakawa and Gins, and Bramante’s Tempietto . . .