Edited by Cynthia Davidson
256 pages
16.5 x 23.5 cm
ISBN 9780999237397

Price: 88 lei

From New Delhi to Nanjing, Tohoku to Tulsa, Maputo to Mito, Log 51 (Winter/Spring 2021) gathers essays and observations from architects, historians, designers, and curators around the world on topics that range from the potential of images and architectural representation to the power of art and politics. In this open issue, Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley reimagine the early work of Bruce Goff, Christophe Van Gerrewey assesses Jan De Vylder’s sketches and Excel drawings, and Thomas Daniell explores Sei’ichi Shirai’s unbuilt atomic memorial. Dijia Chen follows how a single photograph shaped the career of Zhang Lei, and Ruo Jia defines post-Maoist architecture in China. Max Kuo maps postdigital/postinternet architecture, Iman Fayyad sees flatness as a productive framework, and Kyle Miller unpacks a deadpan tonality. In addition, Harish Krishnamoorthy questions India’s new government district, while Courtney Richeson digs into the alt-right foundations of the 2020 US Federal Civic Architecture mandate. Véronique Patteeuw and Clara Leverd visit a collector’s London flat, Tatiana Knoroz discovers ingenuity in Japanese danchi, and much more.

One-quarter of the 200-page issue is devoted to Excursions in the Ecosphere, the sequel to The Return of Nature in Log 49. In this special section guest edited by Sanford Kwinter, Aleksandra Jaeschke synthesizes systems theory, greenhouse architecture, and banyan trees, Gökhan Kodalak plays with lines of forces in a David Foster Wallace memoir, and Kwinter and Bruce Mau discuss shifting paradigms of design.


An Architect, “Outlets”
Dijia Chen, “The Journey of an Image”
Thomas Daniell, “Half-Life”
Iman Fayyad, “On Flatness: The Virtual Turn”
Ruo Jia, “Concretizing an Interdependent Architecture”
Tatiana Knoroz, “Devicology”
Harish Krishnamoorthy, “New New Delhi”
Max Kuo, “The Advance of the Postdigital Frenemy”
Markus Lähteenmäki, “Learning to Look with Brodsky”
Kyle Miller, “Deadpan (in) Architecture”
Carrie Norman & Thomas Kelley, “Sic. Building Syndrome”
Véronique Patteeuw & Clara Leverd, “Collected Metamorphoses”
Anna Renken, “Reassessing Critical Zones”
Courtney Richeson, “There Are Monsters in the House”
Roi Salgueiro Barrio & Gabriel Kozlowski, “Cutting the Earth: Seven Cases of the Planet in Section”
Zachary Schumacher, Digital Duck
Christophe Van Gerrewey, “Drawing Rescues Architecture”
Excursions in the Ecosphere
Aleksandra Jaeschke, “The Song of the Banyan Tree”
Gökhan Kodalak, “Lines, Tornadoes, and David Foster Wallace”
Sanford Kwinter & Bruce Mau, “Design Is Not for Us: A Simple Desultory Philippic”

And observations on a robotic drawing.