• OASE81
        • Constructing Criticism
        • 2010

        Abstract
        The apparent increase in popular demand for volumes presenting works of architecture as novelties has been curiously matched by the marked absence of a critical discussion of the objects that would explain and examine their role as cultural statements or as exponents of particular urban, social and political visions. The dearth of architecture criticism, not only in general newspapers or magazines, on television and radio, is a perennial phenomenon. There are many reasons for the disappearance of the culture of architecture criticism. The progressive acceptance of architecture as image production rather than as an agent of a larger social or political project and the demise of platforms for critical thought, however, are among the most alarming. If architecture is a rich and complex field of cultural production and know ledge that continuously redefines itself vis-à-vis spatial, societal and cultural challenges, then critically thinking and writing on this role of architecture both as a force of change and as a mode of reflection are most essential. This issue of OASE is aimed at examining the role of the architecture magazine within the current debate on architecture criticism. Resulting from the numerous talks, seminars and symposia organized in the framework of the 25th anniversary of OASE, this issue brings together important critical voices around one central question: ‘What critical role should the architecture journal play in an ever more a-critical landscape?’
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      Call for papers OASE 99 | The Architecture (Museum) Effect

      The aim of OASE 99 is to establish a working understanding of architecture museums as institutions and nodes in architecture’s cultural apparatus. To engage critically with different perspectives and use historical and theoretical grounding to uncover the presence and relevance of architecture museums institutions in contemporary architecture culture.
      Proposals for contributions should be submitted by JANUARY 15, 2017, and must include a proposed title, an abstract (maximum 300 words), as well as the contributor’s name, professional affiliation (if applicable), email address and a short bio (maximum 300 words).

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    2. 01/12/2016
      Register now for the presentation of OASE 97 on 12 December 2016 in Antwerp!

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    3. 07/11/2016
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    4. 27/10/2016
      Presentation of OASE 95 in Bogotá, Colombia by Klaske Havik

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    5. 01/09/2016
      Exhibition about Karel Martens in New York

      Exhibition “Recent Work” about OASE’s graphic designer Karel Martens presented at P!, a gallery in New York from 11 September - 30 October 2016. 

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    6. 01/06/2016
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    7. 29/05/2016
      Call for Papers OASE 98 | Narrating Urban Landscapes

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      Please send your abstract (maximum 500 words) before 15 July 2016 to 
      info@oasejournal.nl.

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    8. 18/01/2016
      Now available: OASE 95. Crossing Boundaries. Transcultural Practices in Architecture and Urbanism

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    9. 12/11/2015
      Audio recording presentation OASE 94 online on YouTube

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    10. 17/08/2015
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      Editors Christophe Van Gerrewey and Véronique Patteeuw will talk with Rem Koolhaas about the first decade of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture.

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