• OASE 108
        • Ups & Downs
          Reception Histories in Architecture
        • 2021

        Abstract
        The history of architecture can not only be read as an accumulation of buildings and designs, but also as a pendulum movement between the appreciation and the rejection of projects, oeuvres and positions, driven by varying arguments. In addition to conventional general publications, reviews in professional journals and criticism in magazines, other media increasingly play a part, such as weekend supplements of newspapers, social media, newsletters, political arenas and forums that cultivate architecture.

        Oeuvres and projects are subject to trends, to waves of appreciation by audiences and critics. As a result, it is sometimes unclear what it is that makes architecture good, less good or bad.

        This issue of OASE investigates how changing appreciations, for a wide variety of reasons, can act as productive misunderstandings and as levers that can take architecture criticism a step forward and help architecture reflection to break free from any given canon or from its straitjacket of assumed certainties.
    1. 01/06/2021
      NEW DEADLINE Call for Abstracts OASE #112

      THE NEW DEADLINE FOR HANDING IN YOUR ABSTRACT FOR OASE #112 IS: 15 JUNE 2021
      OASE editors Bart Decroos, Sereh Mandias, Elsbeth Ronner and Kornelia Dimitrova wrote a Call for Abstracts for OASE #112 with the theme “Ecological Aesthetics”. This issue of OASE is interested in contributions that investigate the role of aesthetics in contemporary ecological practices and discourses in architecture. Deadline is 15 June 2021. Read the full text of the OASE #112 Call for Abstracts in the pdf-files below.


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    2. 28/03/2021
      Now available: OASE 108 Ups & Downs

      > What is good, not so good or bad architecture?
      > Analysis of the force field of architectural appreciation and depreciation

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    3. 05/02/2021
      VIDEO: OASE #107 author Heidi Svenningsen Kajita on finding & archiving

      In this video OASE #107 author Heidi Svenningsen Kajita guides us into the process of drawing collectively through the Finding & Archiving method.


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    4. 24/01/2021
      VIDEO: OASE #107 author William Mann, Witherford Watson Mann Architects, on the Upper Lea Valley

      In this video OASE #107 author and architect William Mann (Witherford Watson Mann architects, London) guides us through the process and drawings of the Upper Lea Valley.


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    5. 30/11/2020
      Call for Abstracts OASE #111

      OASE editors Asli Cicek, Jantje Engels and Maarten Liefooghe wrote a Call for Abstracts for OASE #111. The theme is: Staging the Museum. Deadline is 10 January 2021, 18:00 CET. More information in the PDF file below.

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    6. 30/11/2020
      Now available: OASE #107 The Drawing in Landscape Design and Urbanism

      This issue of OASE traces the role of drawing in landscape design and urbanism. It addresses ‘new traditions’ of the last 50 years, as well as recent concerns with ecological, metabolic and process-oriented questions.

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    7. 16/07/2020
      Now available: OASE #106 Table Settings. Reflections on architecture with Hannah Arendt

      > Positioning a new outlook on philosopher Hannah Arendt’s ideas, OASE #106 reveils how her writings very well can help us rethink architecture as a phenomenon and practice

      > Rethinking Hannah Arendt’s remarkably spatial view on ‘the world and its inhabitants’

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    8. 22/06/2020
      Call for Abstracts OASE #110

      A Project of the Soil
      Editors: David Peleman, Paola Viganò, Martina Barcelloni, Elsbeth Ronner

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    9. 28/04/2020
      Now available: OASE #105 Practices of Drawing

      > Insight into the work of both historical and contemporary architects
      > With a focus on beautiful architectural drawings over the past five centuries to grasp their role in design practice
      > With drawings by George Aitchison, Heinrich Tessenow, El Lissitzky, Lina Bo Bardi and Tony Fretton

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    10. 17/12/2019
      Call for Papers OASE #108

      OASE #108 More Than Meets the eye - Over- and underrated architecture

      Editors: David Peleman, Jantje Engels, Christophe Van Gerrewey

      “It is brilliant people say brilliant
      while it’s mere dilettantism
      What they touch becomes tasteless
      always the most obvious
      superficialities
      even the most exalted starts to stink”
      — Thomas Bernhard, Der Schein trügt, 1984

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