A GROUP OF TOKYO-BASED ARCHITECTS UNDER THE NAME OF RAD GO THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION FROM DIGITAL WITH THEIR RELASE OF LOG/OUT
LOG/OUT MAGAZINE VER 1.0
Mitsuhiro Sakakibara / RAD
RAD (Research for Architectural Domain), 2015
Booklets, 61 pages, Dimension Variable
As magazines and printed media struggle to survive the Digital Revolution with new business directions and strategies, a group of Tokyo-based architects under the name of RAD (Research for Architectural Domain) goes the opposite way with their own architectural platform and the release of LOG/OUT. The first series of the magazine strives to expand the landscape of architectural academia in an unconventional approach and manner. RAD makes its debut with the content from the first ten issues of Volume where they translate interesting, cutting-edge subject matter into Japanese language with their own points of view featured in the translator’s comments.
What LOG/OUT does pretty well, presentation-wise, is the way it executes the layout of the graphic work and the content in the zine format. Not only is LOG/OUT able to differentiate itself structurally with the layout and printing material, its content (selected from the original magazines) also excels in terms of its attempt to critique social and political issues along with the existence of architecture. RAD’s picks range from the philosophy professed in the first issue of Volume (Beyond), which implicates the role of architecture in a larger sense than being just a building or a house, or the discussion on the power of architecture on society in the 5th-7th issues (The Architecture of Power), to the influences of political and social interventions in different dimensions on architecture in the 10th issue (Agitation). At the very same time, LOG/OUT challenges readers by asking them to contemplate the role of the “architect and architecture under the current social, political, economic and cultural environment.”
TEXT: PAPHOP KERDSUP