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Log 30 showcases brilliant writing with a collection of articles that mine the canon of 20th-century architecture for new insights while also continuing the conversation from recent issues of Log on the state of architecture today. Published on the 100th anniversary of Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-ino, this winter 2014 issue features new analytical essays on that iconic project as well as the first English translations of letters written by Corbusier between 1914 and 1916. With these essays, plus an in-depth interview with OMA cofounder Elia Zenghelis, alongside reviews and other articles on topics like digitally designed form and the hashtag, Log 30 is at once archival and contemporary.
In this issue: Elia Zenghelis on the early days of OMA; Pia Ednie-Brown on architectural coexistence; Jean-Louis Cohen on a youthful Le Corbusier; Pier Vittorio Aureli on Maison Dom-ino and domestic space; Peter Eisenman on the self-referentiality of modern architecture; Peggy Deamer on architects’ reluctance toward critical engagement; David Huber on Chandigarh today; Antoine Picon on architectural archetypes; and Wes Jones on the tectonics of smoothness.
Plus: Le Corbusier’s letters to colleagues and mentors; Alessandra Ponte’s close reading of Michel Houllebecq; Gabriele Basilico’s first photographs; Benjamin Burdick’s view through the hashtag; Todd Gannon’s version of the last 30 years in LA architecture; 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.