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 illustrate 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.
The architects and projects are:
Reiser + Umemoto, O-14 Tower, 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
UNStudio, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart
The architecture critics are Sylvia Lavin of Los Angeles, Sam Jacob of London, Emmanuel Petit of New Haven, and Sarah Whiting of Houston.
To celebrate Log’s tenth anniversary, on September 21, 2013, the architects and critics will participate in a daylong conference, In Pursuit of Architecture, at the Museum of Modern Art, moderated by Log editor Cynthia Davidson. In Pursuit of Architecture, co-organized by Log and the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, is sponsored by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, with additional support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.