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

      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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    2. 16/02/2018
      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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    3. 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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    4. 08/12/2017
      Now available: OASE #99. The Architecture Museum Effect

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 07/08/2017
      Lecture Veronique Patteeuw in New York

      On 18 July 2017 member of the OASE editorial staff Veronique Patteeuw discussed her work as co-editor of OASE #97 at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York. Click here for more details.

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    9. 26/07/2017
      Save the date: presentation OASE #98 in Gent, Belgium on 19 October 2017

      More information coming soon!

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    10. 26/07/2017
      Now available: OASE #98. Narrating Urban Landscapes

      View a sneak preview of OASE #98.

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