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Paradoxical

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Excellent reading in the third issue of Log, with its mixed bag of 'observations on architecture and the contemporary city'. Charles Jencks ruminates further on the theme of icons and FOA's Alejandro Zaera-Polo discusses the role of geometry in his practice's projects. But the sharpest contribution comes from Casabella editor Francesco Dal Co on the subject of Rem Koolhaas.

Distancing himself from the hyperbole that greeted Koolhaas' Seattle Library, he writes: 'It is not as disconcerting a building as the media claims. Koolhaas' works are rarely disconcerting, and this is not their main feature. Rather, they are for lovers of platitudes, and for those who are unaware that among the many things one can learn from reading Nietzsche is the constructive use of paradox.

Displaying the obvious, as Koolhaas does, in a world that confuses it with the new, is exactly that.' Ouch.

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