• OASE 76
        • Specificity
        • 2008

        Abstract
        What makes a building specific? What is the importance of a clear-cut relationship between architecture and its surroundings? What does the term ‘context’ mean for architecture in this day and age? The physical and cultural context in which modern-day building projects are realized is often heterogeneous and subject to rapid change, making it difficult or even impossible to answer these questions and define the concept of ‘context’. While for many people there is probably a demand for specificity and for an architecture that seems non-interchangeable and immovable, there is a lack of cultural consensus about how such an architecture can be realized. There is also great diversity in the way that ‘contextual’ design is currently interpreted, fleshed out, seized upon or rejected by different architects. OASE 76 presents reflections on and re-evaluations of this hotly debated concept, which provides the key to architectonic strategies tailored to the specific demands of the assignment and the location even today. OASE 76 takes stock of the original meaning, the historical debate and the various appropriations of ‘context’, gradually revealing the considerable broadening of the concept’s meaning in contemporary design practice. This edition sets reflective essays by Wilfried Wang and Dirk van den Heuvel alongside several case studies by and about architects such as Miller Maranta (Switzerland), Biq (the Netherlands), De Smet Vermeulen (Belgium), Huiswerk (Belgium), Monadnock (the Netherlands) and Korteknie Stuhlmacher (the Netherlands). The publication also features photos by Bas Princen and a dialogue by Mark Pimlott and Bas Princen about ways of looking, place and time.
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        • Mechthild Stuhlmacher
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        • Dirk van den Heuvel
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        • Paul Vermeulen
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        • Dirk Somers
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        • Mechthild Stuhlmacher
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        • Job Floris
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      Presentations OASE #100

      The 100th edition of OASE is almost out! This special edition about Karel Martens and the Architecture of the Journal will be presented on several occassions.

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    2. 10/04/2018
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      We invite you to read the Calls for Abstracts for OASE #102 and OASE #103.

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    3. 14/03/2018
      Presentation OASE #99

      An impression of the presentation of OASE #99 that took place on 1 Mach 2018 in Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In the pictures are the participants of the panel discussion that discussed “What future for the Architecture Museum?”: Triin Ojari, Sofie de Caigny, Mirko Zardini, Omer Kanipak and Bernard Colenbrander.

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    4. 16/02/2018
      INVITATION: symposium OASE #99

      What Future for the Architecture Museum?
      Thursday, 1 March 2018, from 17.00 - 19.30, Van Abbemuseum,
      Eindhoven (NL). More information and free registration via Evenbrite link!

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    5. 02/02/2018
      OASE #100 dedicated to OASE's graphic design, with indepth interview with Karel Martens

      In May OASE #100 about ‘The Architecture of the Journal’ will appear. Interesting public activities connected to this special edition of OASE are being planned, so keep an eye on this website.

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    6. 01/02/2018
      OASE #98 presented at the University of Greenwich, London
      1. Klaske Havik

      OASE #98 about Narrating Urban Landscapes was presented on 1 February 2018 at the University of Greenwich, London.
      Lectures by Bruno Notteboom, Kris Scheerlink and Klaske Havik. Image: Klaske Havik, editor of OASE, during the presentation.

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    7. 08/12/2017
      Now available: OASE #99. The Architecture Museum Effect

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    8. 10/11/2017
      Veronique Patteeuw talks to Rem Koolhaas

      Especially for the 25th anniversary of the Kunsthal in Rotterdam OASE editor Véronique Patteeuw, talked to architect Rem Koolhaas about the realisation, current function and the future of the building. Also OASE #94 about OMA was discussed!

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    9. 20/10/2017
      Workshop & Presentation OASE #98

      On 19 October 2017 OASE and the KU Leuven organised a workshop for students from KU Leuven and TU Delft. Later on OASE #98 was launched by the editors of this issue and the Scientific Board of OASE. Maarten Overdijk (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht)  and Bas Smets (Bureau Bas Smets) gave lectures. 

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    10. 25/09/2017
      Launch OASE #98 Narrating Urban Landscapes

      The OASE Foundation cordially invites you to the presentation of OASE #98 on 19 October at the KU Leuven in Ghent, Belgium. 

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