• OASE 90
        • What is Good Architecture?
        • 2013

        Many problems in today’s architecture world would vanish if every once in a while it was clearer what is meant by good architecture. The ‘crisis of criticism’, for instance, is a symptom – seldom recognised as such – of the impossibility of knowing (or daring to know) what good architecture is. The assumption, critical in itself (and certainly useful), that each architecture project has to be judged anew each time has led everyone to unquestioningly assume that there is no values model for architecture. It has also ensured that the last models for evaluating architecture (modernism and postmodernism) are been followed merely by perversions (supermodernism, retromodernism, etcetera) or by ideals made into science (sustainability, mathematical models and regionalism). Nevertheless, it is impossible to work with architecture – in design, theory or history – without making assumptions about criteria for quality. Just because a unique values model no longer exists does not mean that different values models cannot exist side by side. This issue of OASE uncovers and makes explicit the assumptions underlying these models, by posing the simple question ‘What is good architecture?’ in different ways and have it answered by people whose ‘main occupation’ is architecture.  Of course the question of good architecture cannot be answered unequivocally and definitively. But simply because a question is certain to have an infinite number of answers does not mean it should not be asked. This issue of OASE can be like a banquet at which each guest selects something entirely different from the menu in a well-reasoned and forthright way – and so keeps the architecture party going.
        • Lucien Kroll
        • Philippe Morel
        • Elsbeth Ronner
    1. 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!

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    2. 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.

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    3. 03/12/2018
      Call for Abstracts OASE #104

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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.
      Read here.

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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