OSA is a platform for documenting, sharing and enabling the varied and exciting agendas being explored by students at the Oxford School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University.
Story behind OSA
The Oxford School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes is one of the largest schools of Architecture in the country, with over six hundred students from undergraduate through to PhD programmes and beyond. The size of the school means we have a huge variety of agendas being pursued by students, from our humanitarian programmes in Development & Emergency Practice, through to formal and representational investigations found in Advanced Architectural Design.
As students with different interests, it is difficult to keep in touch with each other therefore we started this magazine in order to encourage more than accidental encounters happening between students.
The elements of OSA Press are the digital sketchbook, printed and, the new addition this year, digital publication. Together they will create an environment that we hope will be frequented by students as well as professionals.
The website will change to accommodate the digital sketchbook. This platform will be for sharing completed or process images and ideas. The magazine is a slower, more considered medium which will act as a forum for documenting the varied interests and specialisations of our student body. As the magazine showed a considerable success during our first year, we will build on it and create a complimentary digital version which will offer a more interactive experience to our readers. This will be accessed in parallel with the magazine in order to give more flexibility in terms of medium to our contributors. The idea is to be able to include videos, gif images and sound recordings which will expand the reach of the print.
Volume 1 of OSA
OSA has had a successful first year with the release of three issues since September 2014. We believe that this year we have the opportunity to do that and more as we consolidate the position that our predecessors set out.
With topics such as Frontiers, Failure and Fetish we have managed to engage people with different architectural views and deliver to our readers material that is stimulating, fresh and engaging. From students and professionals, last year OSA has received articles such as ‘Conversation with Siki Im’, ‘From failure to personal commitment’ and ‘Architectural seduction’. With each new edition, OSA is looking to discover elements that are highly debatable in order to encourage diversity in material. This is what makes the magazine special, our strive for being difference while curating quality and quantity.
Who is making OSA
There are four main editors which work on the production of the magazine. The majority of our content are original or edited submissions from fellow students, however we make space in each issue for alumni and selected contributors from other Schools of Architecture around the world, helping to situate the work of our school into an international dialogue.
What the funding will be used for
Your investment will be used for:
Printing and posting old and new issues of the magazine wherever in the world at the lowest price possible (for all three issues of Volume 2)
Website domain and online activity
Promotional material with each of our new magazines
New Riso color drum which will give future issues more pop and help us keeping the printing expenses to a minimum
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If you need to get in touch, you can find us through any of the following ways:
Facebook: OSA Magazine