OASE #67: After The Party
This edition of Oase, one of the leading professional journals on architectural theory, asked a critical question in 2005: had the party ended? In the early 1990s, favorable economic and political conditions in the Netherlands created an advantageous climate for unorthodox design approaches and experiments. In the years that ensued, architects developed a unique aesthetic, producing works that remain pragmatic, self-assured, uncompromisingly modern and unmistakably Dutch. Since the turn of the century, however, economic design and market-driven politics seemingly brought an end to the post-ideological party of the 1990s. More recently, there have been contradictions between interest groups, ideas and mentalities, which have resulted in inevitable confrontation. It seemed as though the sky was clearing in the mid-aughts, however, and, as evidenced in Oase 67, there was new space to think about architecture, public concerns and the culture and design future of the Netherlands and Europe.
With essays by Christoph Grafe, Madeleine Maaskant and Mechtild Stuhlmacher.
Designed by Karel Martens & Aagje Martens, Werkplaats Typografie
Published by nai010 publishers
Softcover, 144 pages, black and white, 6.75 × 9.5 inches