• OASE 77
        • Into the open
        • 2008

        Abstract
        In the modern world, urban public space is used more intensively than ever, and is often organized specifically for consumption. For decades, this was seen as a negative development; it was said that these regimented spaces are not ‘open’ spaces where people can spontaneously encounter the ‘other’, or where groups can congregate. They thus fail to meet the definition of the public sphere given by thinkers such as Hannah Arendt and Jurgen Habermas: a place for debate and democracy, for exchanging opinions. This issue of OASE shows that the tide is turning. The negative views of the past few decades should at least be qualified somewhat. Fears and concerns about the disappearance of the public domain seem to be giving way to a more positive and sophisticated point of view. This trend is particularly evident among architects and designers, not in large-scale ‘public’ projects, but in an approach to everyday assignments that strikes a balance between pragmatism and idealism. Such designers aim to create conditions in which the public can claim a space as its own. That requires a certain restraint, but there is no need for self-effacement; creating these conditions is an exciting design challenge. OASE 77 repositions the public sphere relative to contemporary social developments, offering critical reflection on a few key studies of the public sphere and the use of urban public space. This issue also discusses and presents positive design practices for urban public space, focusing on several projects from recent years.
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        • Panu Lehtovuori
    1. 03/12/2018
      Presentation OASE #101

      SAVE THE DATE: 4 December 2018, at 19.00 in Brussels > PRESENTATION OASE #101. Everyone is welcome! Read all about it in the flyer.

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    2. 03/12/2018
      Call for Abstracts OASE #104

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    3. 28/11/2018
      Now available: OASE #101 Microcosm - Searching for the City in Its Interiors

      - Unique issue of OASE on the interiors of the city
      - Historical perspectives on the crucial role of interior architecture
      - In-depth research on public interiors

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    4. 20/11/2018
      Platform-L Contemporary Art Center in Seoel shows work of Karel Martens

      The work of “our” graphic designer Karel Martens is on show until 19 January 2019 in Platform-L Contemporary Art Center in Seoel, South-Korea. Naturally, his work for OASE is also shown extensively in this exhibition. 

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    5. 18/10/2018
      Interview Marius Schwarz about OASE #100

      An interesting interview with guest-editor Marius Schwarz about his experience researching, co-editing, and co-designing OASE 100.
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    6. 01/06/2018
      Now available: OASE #100. Karel Martens and the Architecture of the Journal

      – First publication dedicated completely to OASE’s graphic design;
      – Historical perspectives on the crucial role of graphic design in the architectural field;
      – Indepth interview with Karel Martens.

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    7. 23/05/2018
      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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    8. 10/04/2018
      Call for Abstracts OASE #102 & OASE #103

      We invite you to read the Calls for Abstracts for OASE #102 and OASE #103.

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    9. 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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    10. 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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