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Ole Bouman

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Venice – Biennale: 1-0

Posted on November 12, 2018 — by

While the 16th edition of the Architecture Biennale in Venice is coming to an end, Ole Bouman reflects on its success, addressing particularly the overwhelming beauty and charm of the city’s architecture.

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Article, Volume #14

Office for Unsolicited Architecture (OUA)

Posted on January 3, 2008 — by

The Office for Unsolicited Architecture proposes an alternative: a new form of practice that pro-actively seeks out new territories for intervention, addresses pressing social needs and takes advantage of emerging opportunities for architecture.

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Archis 2007 #4

Unsolicited, or: The New Autonomy of Architecture

Posted on April 1, 2007 — by

Volume’s former Editor-in-Chief presents the most concrete materialization of ‘unsolicited architecture’, an idea he has articulated in this magazine since its very first issue. Exemplifying how the notion of going beyond architecture can be brought into action, Bouman accelerates into a new dimension of critical practice by establishing the Office for Unsolicited Architecture. Remember when […]

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Archis 2007 #1

The Architecture of Destruction

Posted on January 1, 2007 — by

Ever heard of Kevin Sites? He is a reporter who runs a blog, currently under the banner of Yahoo!, to tell us about his experiences in the ‘Hot Zones’ of the world. Dozens of conflict areas, where he, armed with a camcorder and all on his own, tries to cover ‘how conflict feels on the […]

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Article, Volume #5

The Rise and Fall of Superdutch

Posted on January 7, 2006 — by

Since the dawn of the people’s capitalism, where just about everyone is tied to the ups and downs of the stock market, the concept of the bursting bubble and rapid plume of shares attaining ‘a more realistic level’ has become a wide-spread cultural theme. Not just in financial markets, but in many social domains, we see how certain concepts, brands, and personalities are overvalued or promoted and how, as a consequence, counter-forces oblige them to make a reality check. Hype dies, the public gets distracted, and those who were only recently the center of attention are forgotten for the next big thing.

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Article, Volume #6

Desperate Decadence

Posted on December 8, 2005 — by

Cities arise because of people’s basic need to live and work near one another. The city offers freedom, anonymity, trade, economy of scale, an immediately accessible consumers’ market, work potential – a swarming brew of ideas and innovation that fulfill man’s social, psychological, and economic needs. The city is the motor of progress.

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Editorial, Volume #2

Doing (Almost) Nothing is (Almost) All Right

Posted on July 7, 2005 — by

Few things are as driven by maximalism as architecture. The craft stands out for its almost boundless urge to prove itself. If you want to become a thinking, creative architect, not only must you be capable of doing anything, you also have to do it. Work, work, work: that’s the motto

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Archis 2005 #6

Power to the Client

Posted on June 1, 2005 — by

The world is changing, so what else is new? Not so much. Transformations of our daily life, our immediate environment, and even the more abstract dimensions of our existence such as working conditions, social contexts and frames of references are relentlessly molded to accommodate and facilitate the forces of modernization. This may sound thrilling, but […]

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Archis 2005 #6

Desparate Decadence

Posted on June 1, 2005 — by

Cities arise because of people’s basic need to live and work nearone another. The city offers freedom, anonymity, trade, economy of scale, an immediately accessible consumers’ market, work potential – a swarming brew of ideas and innovation that fulfill man’s social, psychological, and economic needs. The city is the motor of progress. So it was […]

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Archis 2005 #6

The Power of Architecture, Part II (Editorial)

Posted on June 1, 2005 — by

Meanwhile people keep asking us questions… A few examples of the questions we receive Why has this magazine become unreadable, with either too much or too little text? Why does this magazine change so often? Why isn’t this magazine about true architecture anymore? Why is this magazine not updating me with the necessary information? Why […]

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Archis 2005 #3

The Spin of Architecture and the Architecture of Spin. (Editorial)

Posted on March 1, 2005 — by

When the British MP George Galloway was brought before a panel of the US Senate investigating his possible fraudulent involvement in the Oil-for-Food Program, he gave a remarkable diatribe against the Republican majority busy changing the order of things on this globe according to its own conservative agenda. Among other things, he called the Senate’s […]

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Archis 2005 #2, Archis 2007 #2

An Awakening in Dubai

Posted on February 1, 2005 — by

You have been considered dead for years, leading a vegetative life, dependent on a life support system. Like a somnambulist you murmur words that make no sense and gaze at things that are not there. Not responding to any stimuli, doctors do not know how to resuscitate you. They take you outside, to see if […]

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Archis 2005 #2

Architecture is Too Important to Leave to the Architects. A conversation with Giancarlo De Carlo

Posted on February 1, 2005 — by and

Giancarlo de Carlo has a long career as an architect and writer behind him. As an architect he has been self-taught, having mastered the profession during the war while at the same time being involved in the resistance. In those days he was an enthusiastic admirer of the masters of the modern movement. Later on, […]

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Archis 2005 #2

Doing Nothing is Almost All Right. (Editorial)

Posted on February 1, 2005 — by

Success depends on the fullness of the portfolio, on the size of the projects, on prestigious clients, on a deluge of publicity, and, last but not least, on narcissistic, compulsive and histrionic personalities for whom enough is never enough. Unbridled ambition is the hallmark of the famous architecture firms and schools, where ‘going home’ is […]

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Archis 2005 #1

A new volume for architecture. (Editorial)

Posted on January 1, 2005 — by

All writing structures space. (This is certainly a metaphorical relation, but only insofar as any description of a non-material process is metaphorical. Thoughts fly and love is shy and hate burns and writing shapes space.) There is no distortion that intercedes, for me, between my activity as a writer and the shaping of space that […]

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Archis 2004 #6

Liberation or straitjacket?

Posted on June 1, 2004 — by

Or how might they get by not entirely without concepts but without the unquestioned status of the concept? What, in other words, would remain of the creative spirit if it had to survive without the automatism of this era’s artistic alibi? How often hasn’t the concept been put forward as the part that really matters, […]

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Archis 2004 #5

In the graveyard of good intentions

Posted on May 1, 2004 — by

There are various reasons for taking this step, the most obvious being that as you become increasingly international you’re faced at a certain point with the question of whether it is still useful to voice one specific national situation, especially at a time when both architecture and culture are subject to globalisation. When your readership […]

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Archis 2004 #5

False Flat Indeed (editorial)

Posted on May 1, 2004 — by

Simply lunging downhill isn’t descending, it’s crashing. Usually it results in serious damage. Dropping out. Injury. Disillusionment. For a descent, you need vision.   No doubt you think I am talking about the noble sport of cycling, and am about to launch into some a feeble analogy with civilization in decline. Not at all. Today’s […]

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Archis 2004 #4

Archis is without mercy

Posted on April 1, 2004 — by

As an architect, you do not count unless you are capable of formulating an underlying motive. Essential is the premiss of some or other secret agenda, a purposeful intervention to alleviate a certain deficiency, chaos or reprehensible situation. You rarely hear of an architect being satisfied with a simple statement that he was merely doing […]

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Archis 2004 #4

Star Style, or the evolution of the coffee table (editorial)

Posted on April 1, 2004 — by

Whatever the person in question does, there will be a new Gehry, a new Madonna, a new Tartt and a new Tarantino. A hype is launched, detached from all rational assessment; and suddenly the world press is bulging with specials, there are signing sessions and talk shows, and the Queen pays a visit. That is […]

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Archis 2004 #3

Archis is Dead or Alive

Posted on March 1, 2004 — by

As long as there is reflection about the nature of things, there will be two schools of thought. In one, people are adamant in their attempts to understand the world, to structure it, to contain it in a single theory, or to unravel a rational order. They want, as it were, to stand above things. […]

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Archis 2004 #3

National Spatial Strategy (editorial)

Posted on March 1, 2004 — by

Take, for example, just the last century. The Beurs of Berlage, the Rietveld house, the Sanatorium Zonnestraal van Duiker. The reclaimed land from what used to be the Zuiderzee. The Delta works. The housing schemes for workers’ families. Also, more recently, the Netherlands has received international recognition for its architecture. A whole generation is now […]

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Archis 2004 #2

To defend a position, to pursue an ideal (editorial)

Posted on February 1, 2004 — by

There has been a time-honoured belief that at least two things could be read from maps: the place where something is and the direction that something could take. This was supported by the hypothesis that place and motion are two aspects of territoriality, issues of spatial determination. However, those who truly study what the different […]

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Archis 2004 #1

Shrink, cramp, narrow-mindedness

Posted on January 1, 2004 — by

We cannot state it more succinctly. This is the sequence that generally determines the cultural agenda. It starts with the assessment that the end of growth is in sight, that there are signs of recession or retrogression; then, peoples’ minds start filling with fear as the rhetoric of doom spreads, until, finally, sweeping measures are […]

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Archis 2004 #1

Why architecture (editorial)

Posted on January 1, 2004 — by

Architecture and its cultural context have never been taken note of. There always remained the search for the cultural significance of architecture, for its potential to act as a cultural medium that serves a greater purpose than its own continued existence. Het Katholiek Bouwblad, Goed Wonen, Wonen/TABK, and finally Archis wanted architecture to mean something. […]

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Archis 2003 #5

Grace (editorial)

Posted on May 1, 2003 — by

This is the schematic representation of a village community in which the member’s dilapidated houses are ranged along what passes for the main street. Elm Street is in the middle. Left and right is an irregular scattering of compartments, the floor plans of the houses. Inside are the names of the inhabitants. For the rest, […]

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Archis 2003 #4

A true end of history

Posted on April 1, 2003 — by

2003. A year in which Jews, Moslems, Christians, Hindus and atheists, all with their own historical calendar, are fighting one another in a singular Now that appears to be the same for everyone but which in fact revolves around the question of whose history shall be called universal and whose history shall be regarded as […]

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Archis 2003 #4

Architecture as a lie (editorial)

Posted on April 1, 2003 — by

In a totally mass-mediated world, it is much more interesting to broach the scandalous reverse of such issues and in particular to pursue the lie with which someone has tried to gain an advantage. The media are constantly helping people to spread lies only to turn around and unmask them as liars. A veritable perpetuum […]

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Archis 2003 #2

Time-based architecture

Posted on February 1, 2003 — by

Neither the arduous genesis of the concept, nor the refinement of the sketch, nor the battle for quality of execution, nor even unforeseen uses, those mutations of real life, provoke as much reflection as that one pure moment when the world seems perfect. The question I wish to raise in this article is what happens […]

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Archis 2003 #1

If the people don’t want change

Posted on January 1, 2003 — by

But there are also places where mentality or magnitude make such ambitions seem rather futile, or where they have been so long disavowed that they appear to have died out. One such place is India, a country where designs, master plans, development projects and all other forms of spatial reorganization seem to founder on an […]

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Archis 2003 #1

If the people want change. A brief taxonomy of populism

Posted on January 1, 2003 — by

Society, one is told, must be given back to ‘the people’. But that’s not all. The gulf between people and experts must also be bridged. And there’s an even deeper gulf between the people and the so-called elite: the faceless power brokers with their backroom politicking, the professionals with their impenetrable jargon, the academics with […]

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Archis 2002 #6

Generic escape route (toolkit)

Posted on June 1, 2002 — by

Feel for a doorknob. When you find it turn it to the left and step through the door. Take the narrow staircase going down immediately on the left. When you reach the bottom of the stairs, walk in a straight line running your hand along the brick wall on your left as you walk. When […]

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Archis 2002 #6

Escapade

Posted on June 1, 2002 — by

We could be on the eve of the biggest economic crisis the world has ever seen. Measured by share prices, the value of the global economy has halved during the past twelve months. Pension funds have seen their carefully husbanded money go up in smoke. Banks in the Far East and South America, but also […]

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Archis 2002 #6

The emptiness of substance (editorial)

Posted on June 1, 2002 — by

Here they will find a series of articles explaining why the US government acts as it does and occasionally something is posted there that can be regarded as an ethical reference point, the philosophical motives as it were of world leadership. As you would expect from a representative body, these are almost always motives that […]

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Archis 2002 #5

Total Mobilmachung (editorial)

Posted on May 1, 2002 — by

Behold, the connotation that has been following us for the last hundred years. Ever since the Futurists sang the praises of speed and started making art that desperately tried to detach itself from the static media by which the message had to be proclaimed, there has been a thread through cultural history in the direction […]

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Archis 2002 #4

Dutch freak show (editorial)

Posted on April 1, 2002 — by

History does not stand still. The Netherlands, famous for its social cohesiveness and tolerance, has changed. Or rather, is in the process of rediscovering another typical trait. Moralizing finger wagging. There’s no shortage of targets at the present moment. Suddenly there are countless examples of moral decline for people to get worked up about: politicians […]

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Archis 2002 #3

The architecture of suspicion

Posted on March 1, 2002 — by

What happened on 6 May in Hilversum’s Media Park, and on the day of Pim Fortuyn’s funeral in Mathenesserlaan, Rotterdam, not to mention the many spontaneous expressions of grief and rancour throughout the country, all point to a major level of disgruntlement with contemporary Dutch culture that cannot be ignored by any social or cultural […]

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Archis 2002 #3

The architecture of suspicion (editorial)

Posted on March 1, 2002 — by

What happened on 6 May in Hilversum’s Media Park, and on the day of Pim Fortuyn’s funeral in Mathenesserlaan, Rotterdam, not to mention the many spontaneous expressions of grief and rancour throughout the country, all point to a major level of disgruntlement with contemporary Dutch culture that cannot be ignored by any social or cultural […]

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Archis 2002 #2

Dubbing Dublin

Posted on February 1, 2002 — by

Only the sharpest pen could penetrate its depths. Some of the greatest aphorisms of the English language are credited to Dubliners: George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift – all writers whose work is leavened with a sense of topology. Likewise James Joyce, whose predilection for composing a narrative from the place names […]

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Archis 2002 #1

Transurbi et transorbis

Posted on January 1, 2002 — by

POST In retrospect, it must be said that the term ‘postmodernism’ used to have something reassuring about it, like all ‘post’ terms. ‘Post’ means no more than that something is undergoing rapid change with an unknown destination. No terms, or no new ones, yet exist for the outcome, so we have to identify the process […]

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Archis 2001 #6

Architecture in a nebulous war

Posted on June 1, 2001 — by

On one side there is us: the global community, technology, capital, the military-industrial complex, civilization. On the other side, a man in a cave. He wears a beard, a caftan and a turban. Against the wall is a Kalashnikov. The man is alone with his microphone. He doesn’t look exactly frightened.   We know that […]

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Archis 2001 #5

The creation of a public sphere

Posted on May 1, 2001 — by

LIMITED-VIEWING: ARCHIS AS PUBLIC ART Until they built the roundabout. Traffic was redirected in a circular movement and from that moment there was a centre, a vacuum demanding to be filled. The age-old question of what to do with the heart of a traffic square presented itself. Surely this was an ideal place for an […]

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Archis 2001 #4

The state of architectural education

Posted on April 1, 2001 — by

Time was when such schools could confidently assume that the knowledge they were passing on was absolute. There was a canon, there were rules and there was a sense of vocation so that you knew what you were doing it for: for God, your country or another, better world. As an architect you were an […]

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Archis 2001 #3

Perverse architecture

Posted on March 1, 2001 — by

This is, after all, a discipline bound by the constraints of gravity, profitability and identification. Architecture, unlike art and literature, cannot go underground. How then can something that comes into being in such a rational straightjacket of right-mindedness be perverse? Perhaps only in the sense of being designed in a perverse age. It is not […]

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Archis 1999 #12

City Beautification. De verstedelijking van de schoonheid / City Beautification. The urbanization of beauty

Posted on December 7, 1999 — by

Architecture did its best. You could write its history as a process of the maximization of light. Oculi, rosettes, mirrors, light skeletons, glass curtain walls, palaces of glass and steel. Architecture grew literally lighter. But light was itself never the substance of the design. It remained a desirable effect of solid matter. Times have changed. […]

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Archis 1999 #12

Het publieke belang / The public interest

Posted on December 7, 1999 — by

The unquestioned assumption long prevailed that the city was the foundation of the public realm. Ever since the rise of civil society, the city has been a refuge, a platform for poets and philosophers, a forum for politics and a breeding ground of genius. Its squares formed the backdrop for confessions and for protests. Streets […]

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Archis 1999 #11

Almere / My kind of town?

Posted on November 7, 1999 — by

You can’t even buy those magazines the homeless hawk in other cities. The main issue here is how far you can stretch the idea of a city. Planned development, thematic image designation, a tranquillizing scale and iconography: Almere is virtually the Singapore of the Netherlands. A habitat Here you live among your peers. Almere is […]

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Archis 1999 #8

Een flexibel antwoord van visuele creativiteit / Visual creativity: a flexible response

Posted on August 7, 1999 — by

Given the parlous state of the arts in general today, it should come as no surprise to find the specialist discipline of public art mounting a rearguard action to safeguard its existence. When the status of the object, as well as that of the author and the public sphere all change simultaneously, some form of […]

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Archis 1999 #2

Verstoorde harmonie / Disrupted harmony

Posted on February 7, 1999 — by

All in all, the contributions have enough in common for us to speak of a special issue. In this respect, Archis is trying to do justice to a social sector, a domain of thinking and an important force field in our culture. Yet the subject of ecology is too broad to stay in a little […]

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