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OASE #100: The Architecture of the Journal

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The 100th issue of OASE takes the journal’s long-standing collaboration with its graphic designer Karel Martens as a starting point to explore the relationship between architecture journals and graphic design.

In doing so, it challenges the conventional idea that architecture journals are mere carriers of information, showing instead how these journals play a defining role in the message they convey.

Adhering to Marshall McLuhan’s famous maxim ‘the medium is the message’, it considers the graphic space of the journal, its materiality, its production, and the physical experience of reading.

The landmark issue zooms in on the relationship between architecture journals and graphic design, starting with a historical overview before considering the specific history of OASE and the practice of its own graphic designer. The aim is to provide an insight into the close and mutually enriching relationship between the graphic design of an architecture journal and the production of architectural knowledge.

Includes the articles “Magazine Architecture”; “Karel Martens and the Architecture of the Journal”; "Harvest of Oasis: Merits and Dilemmas of the Grid” by Linda van Deursen; and “Imageless Architecture Building Metaphors for a Typographic Grid” as well as a transcribed converation between Karel Martens and the issue's editors.

Edited by Bart Decroos, Véronique Patteeuw, and Marius Schwarz

Designed by Karel Martens, Aagje Martens, and Marius Schwarz

Published by NAI010 Publishers, 2018

Bilingual, text in Dutch and English

Softcover, 272 pages, 80 color and b&w images, 6.75 × 9.5 inches

ISBN:  978-94-6208-431-5