• 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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      “It is brilliant people say brilliant
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    7. 21/11/2019
      Call for Abstracts OASE #107

      OASE #107 The drawing in landscape architecture and urbanism
      Editors: Bruno Notteboom, Frits Palmboom, Bart Decroos

      OASE invites everyone to read the Call for Abstracts for OASE #107.
      We are interested in two kinds of contributions that each start from the drawing:

      1. Textual contributions: historical or theoretical papers about a (series of) drawing(s).Proposals contain one image and an abstract of 300 words.
      2. Visual contributions: a specific (series of) drawing(s) from personal/actual practice.These proposals contain the drawing(s) themselves and a caption of a maximum of 300 words through which the proposal is situated within the theme of the issue.

      Proposals must be submitted via info@oasejournal.nl by 20 December 2019 and contain a title and CV (name, email address, affiliation and a bio of maximum 150 words). Proposals must be submitted in Dutch or English.

      Read the Call for detailed information.

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