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Given the social, economic, environmental, and even media demands on architecture today, how are architectural ideas sustained beyond conception to become buildings? In a special, tenth anniversary issue, Log 29: In Pursuit of Architecture presents ten outstanding architectural projects from the past decade – some well-known, others completely new – in a full-color portfolio format that illustrates the concepts and processes of each building. Selected from an open call for work built since 2003, these buildings demonstrate a range of architectural ideas, and together open a conversation about the production and significance of architecture today. To situate the ten-project portfolio, Log 29 includes essays by four critics who reflect on recent and emerging themes in architecture and directions the discipline may develop.
Architects and projects in this issue: Reiser + Umemoto, O-14, Dubai; 51N4E, TID Tower, Tirana; LAN, EDF Archives Center, Bure, France; Barkow Leibinger, Campus Restaurant and Event Space, Ditzingen, Germany; OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Villa Buggenhout, Belgium; Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., Herta and Paul Amir Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; Neil M. Denari Architects, HL23, New York City; C+S architects, Law Court, Venice; MOS, Element House, Las Vegas, New Mexico; and UNStudio, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart.
Plus: Sylvia Lavin seizes architectural ennui; Sam Jacob charts architecture’s wide shallows; Sarah Whiting logs ten years; Emmanuel Petit posits a turn to immanence; and more.
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Log is an independent journal on architecture and the contemporary city that presents criticism and commentary in a literary format designed to resist the seductive power of the image in media, while identifying and elaborating the central concerns of architectural thinking and production today. A carefully crafted compendium of essays, interviews, and brief "observations," Log provides an ongoing international platform for the exchange of ideas, both bearing on and emanating from architecture and the city, among a curious audience of readers, including architects, designers, students, scholars, and artists. Published three times a year, general "open" issues are punctuated by occasional thematic issues on prescient topics. Founded in 2003, Log is a project of the Anyone Corporation, a non-profit organization in New York City devoted to advancing architectural thought and writing.