• 150
        • Other Modernities
          Observations about a North-West-European Architecture

        Abstract

        Belgian mid-twentieth century architecture is unsettling. In the post-war years large infrastructural projects descended upon existing cities, ripping apart historic ensembles and neighbourhoods – this, ironically, in a country that had experienced traumatic destruction in 1914–1918, but the physical fabric of which had been left relatively unscathed by the Second World War. After 1945, modernity came in the form of the engineers who were responsible for the new network of roads, tunnels and viaducts crushing through the city. Above the tunnels and metros and along the new inner city motorways, new buildings emerged that featured curtain walls and other ‘modernist’ elements that, however, remain thumbnails attached to buildings that seem otherwise fairly untouched by modern principles. The article examines the conditions under which architecture developed in the course of the twentieth century and a range of types of modernity (which often are reactions to modernisation) that seem particular to Belgium: unsolicited, attenuated, crafted, questioned. The modern architecture that emerged in twentieth-century Belgium is different from other modern architec- tures in North-West Europe in its absence of strident rhetoric. It wishes to fit in, in a society as well as in a city, and it does so with proficiency, artistic and artisanal spirit.



          1. 150
          2. 151
          1. 152
          2. 153
          1. 154
          2. 155
          1. 156
          2. 157
          1. 158
          2. 159
          1. 160
          2. 161
        Citation
        Grafe, C. (2014). Other Modernities. Observations about a North-West-European Architecture. Codes and Continuities, OASE, (92), 150–155. Retrieved from https://oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/92/OtherModernities

        Download PDF (559 KB)

          1. 150
          2. 151
          1. 152
          2. 153
          1. 154
          2. 155
          1. 156
          2. 157
          1. 158
          2. 159
          1. 160
          2. 161
    1. 10/09/2019
      OASE #100 selected as one of The Best Dutch Book Designs 2018!

      Read more

    2. 12/06/2019
      Presentation OASE #103

      On 17 June 2019 OASE #103 will be presented at the University of Manchester. Starting at 12.30. Everyone is welcome and a lunch is provided. More information in the pdf. 

      Read more

    3. 23/05/2019
      Now available: OASE #103 Critical Regionalism Revisited

      > Internationally renowned architectural historian Kenneth Frampton received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2018. Critical Regionalism is his most known theory

      > Today, architects are searching for new ways to design and conceive built space. Critical Regionalism might just be the concept that we need to revisit.

      Read more

    4. 17/05/2019
      Impression launch OASE #103

      On 16 May 2019 OASE #103 was launched at Hochparterre Bücher, bookstore for architecture in Zürich, Switzerland. These images give an impression of the launch, starring OASE editors Hans Teerds and Tom Avermaete as well as architectural historians Stanislaus von Moos and Irina Davidovici

      Read more

    5. 09/05/2019
      Launch OASE #103

      On Thursday May 16th 2019, OASE #103 will be presented at the Hochparterre bookshop in Zürich (Switzerland) at 19.00h (Gasometerstrasse 28). The presentation of this issue, which reinvestigates the concept of Critical Regionalism as coined by the architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, will be followed by reflections of architectural historians Stanislaus von Moos and Irina Davidovici. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome, so join us on May 16th in Zürich!

      Read more

    6. 27/03/2019
      Call for Papers OASE #105

      OASE #105 Practices of Drawing
      Bart Decroos, Véronique Patteeuw, Asli Cicek, Jantje Engels (eds.)
      Proposals for contributions should be submitted to info@oasejournal.nl by 15 May 2019 and must also include a proposed title, the contributor’s name, professional affiliation (if applicable), e-mail address and a short bio of maximum 100 words. Proposals for contributions can be submitted in Dutch or English.

      Read more

    7. 20/03/2019
      Presentation OASE #102 on 3 April 2019 during Jokerweek in Ghent

      OASE #102 will be presented during the event Jokerweek in Ghent (Belgium), on 3 April from 18:00 – 18:30 hrs in indoor-wielerpiste ’t Kuipke in the Citadelpark in Ghent (walking distance from train station Gent St-Pieters).

      The presentation is followed by a lecture by the British architect Stephen Bates from the office SergisonBates.

      Entrance is free and everyone is welcome, so join us on 3 April in Ghent!

      Read more

    8. 17/03/2019
      Now available: OASE #102 Schools & Teachers - The Education of an Architect in Europe

      Unique OASE issue about architecture schools.

      > About the most important teachers and schools of the twentieth century.
      > With perspectives for architecture students today and tomorrow.

      Read more

    9. 03/12/2018
      Call for Abstracts OASE #104

      Read more

    10. 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

      Read more

    11. More news …