OASE #106
Table Settings.
Reflections on architecture with Hannah Arendt
Edited by Hans Teerds, Christoph Grafe, Catherine Koekoek

Design by Karel Martens, Aagje Martens


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This OASE examines architecture – design, building, built environment – from this perspective. The issue opens with an introduction to Arendt’s political thinking, and how it is connected to the (production of) the world. Next, a variety of architects, including George Baird, Patrick Bouchain, Pier Vittorio Aureli, and Mary Duggan, will have the floor to examine their daily practice from Arendt’s perspective.

Architecture, Magazine
The German-American philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) once stated that spatial thinking is ‘political’ thinking, as it is concerned about the world and its inhabitants. We certainly can understand spatial thinking here as architectural thinking: the ‘world’ for Arendt meant the ways in which we make the globe habitable for people: how we build houses and cities, infrastructures and other networks, and furnish spaces with tables, chairs, paintings and photographs. According to Arendt, this world-of-things was crucial for political life: it is this world that simultaneously connects people and separates them, just like a table organises the people (and the conversation) around it.
128 pages
Paperback, 17x24 cm
Dutch, English
OASE, 1st edition 2020
ISBN 9789462085619