Art and Architecture Experiments in Berlin

Transdisciplinary practice in critical settings - 

The most recent edition of the Melbourne School of Design Inflection Journal - VOL 3 New Order - includes a contribution from OSK Architect's Ben Waters, reflecting on OSK's Stadtumbau Pavilion in Berlin.

"In March 2014, Studio Osk design a project that attempted what is often only spoken about in the abstract: transdisciplinary practice. We wanted to test how artists and architects could engage in the collaborative exchange of spatial ideas, as well as explore the transformative effects of art and architecture in the public realm." 

Copies of the journal are availiable here:

Read more accounts of OSK in Berlin here:

Architecture - A User's Guide

‘’Even the most ‘restricted access’, the ‘private property - keep out’, the indulgent personal mansion still contributes to the built world and therefore leaks into our conscious and unconscious understanding... architecture.’’

Prof. Donald Bates

We cannot escape the presence of architecture in our everyday lives. We have no choice but to experience its logic, and be shaped by its definitions. But for such a dominant element of our environment, the conversation around architecture’s histories and futures seem distant to the reality of its effects.

At OSK Architects, we operate within two spheres of architectural production; research and practice. Architects that find themselves at this intersection no doubt, like us, find it difficult to reconcile architecture’s canonical language and discourse with moments of anxiety around marketability, and attracting clients.

If success in the contemporary context is built on specialisation, perhaps we should ditch the academic and push how ‘green’ our buildings can be? Maybe it would be better to retreat into the institution and point out the failings of the discipline from a distance?

For now, we are going to keep some notes. To write a journal in an attempt to investigate the gap between thinking and doing. To offer a kind of ‘user’s guide’ for architecture. We plan to provide some thoughts and insights into how the real effects of architecture may be measurable, and how certain approaches to this dominant element of our environment may produce positive, healthy and happy states of mind in those using them.

We may struggle at times to get to our point, but we hope you find some of the content useful when considering architecture and its implications, and if so, maybe even join in the conversation.