Inside SCI-Arc


LECTURES: Wed, October 16, 2013

Cynthia Davidson: Image and Word: A Critical Context

Wed, October 16, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Intro by Ming Fung

The tri-annual magazine Log, which focuses on “observations on architecture and the contemporary city,” was first launched ten years ago by the Anyone project in New York as a reaction to—and especially a resistance to—the seductive power of the image in media today. Countering the proliferation of architectural renderings made “real” with programs like Photoshop, Log emphasizes the importance of the text in critical and analytic thinking in architecture. This is not to refuse the image, but to situate the work it represents critically, through writing, and to work with image and word together in framing a new context in which to discuss ideas in architecture today.

Cynthia Davidson is an architecture editor and critic based in New York City. She is the founding editor of Log: Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City, a tri-annual journal begun in 2003, and editor of the Writing Architecture Series books published by MIT Press. Both the books and Log are projects of the Anyone Corporation, a nonprofit, architecture think tank she has directed since 1991.

Davidson was the founding editor of the architecture tabloid magazine ANY (1993–2000) and of the “Any” book series, which documented ten international architecture conferences that she organized in the 1990s on the condition of architecture at the end of the 20th century. Ms. Davidson has also written for a number of periodicals, including Architectural Record and Artforum in New York and Arquitectura Viva in Madrid.

SCI-Arc lectures, discussions, symposia and special events are archived on the new SCI-Arc Media Archive. Click on the link below to visit the site.