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Magazine for Architecture and Culture Oris has been continuously published since 1999 as a Croatian-English edition in bimonthly rhythm.
The focus of contents is survey of recent architectural practices. The magazine also covers events in the area of design, photography, and visual arts, as well as theory. The editorial team is quite stable, and part of present editors have been working in the magazine since the first issue, which guarantees continuity and professionalism. Naturally, the editorial board has also been expanding in years with new members of young generation and with this, a team has been created that is heterogeneous in their preferences and interests, but also harmonized in terms of their readiness for teamwork. In terms of concept, the magazine is entirely product of a collective, and the working method on the part of editors is based on continuous polemics concerning each and every contribution, as well as on distribution of responsibility and burden of work on equal terms. Oris and Arhitekst as companies are entirely professionalized in the area of executive editorship, running business, distribution, and marketing with which a safe base for the editorial board to work on has been created, without burdens related to organizational and administrative issues. Since 1999 up to present time, Oris was or has been edited by: Ante Nikša Bilić, Damir Fabijanić, Sanja Filep, Tadej Glažar, Vera Grimmer, Ante Rašić, Andrija Rusan, Urša Komac, Matej Mljač, Mateja Medvedič, Silva Kalčić, Maroje Mrduljaš, Ana Šilović, Alan Kostrenčić, Ana Dana Beroš, Miranda Veljačić, and Tamara Zamelli.
The editorial concept is based on promotion and valuing of architecture which represents cultural and social contribution; and the magazine, since its beginning, has been directed to authorial architecture and highly valued works with certain accent on the Middle European context. There has been a continuous aspiration to retain balanced ratio of presentations of regional and international works in order to explore relations and connections between local and foreign practices, whether global, international tendencies or other regional scenes are concerned.
Since its beginning, the magazine has retained its basic concept, but it also reacts to actual changes and needs therefore it takes a more involved position with stabilization of social situation and increase in building production. In this way, the magazine has attempted to have a more emphasized critical role, apart from promotion of affirmative achievements, especially when sensitive or particularly exposed projects or interventions are concerned which refer to broader urban significance. Also, the critics are being encouraged to provide objective and multilayered valorisation of the works they problematize. Furthermore, after normalization of the situation in the South-Eastern Europe, efforts have been made to cover events in these regions as well, and to participate in their affirmation.
Structure of the magazine is not strictly fixed according to sections, but the magazine accommodates, in terms of contents, a thematic frame related to an individual issue as well as actual events. For this reason, each individual issue is different in the sense that the extent to which different areas are represented is not the same. Related to that, contributions strive to from thematic units or are to certain degree connected in terms of content. When genre is concerned, most contributions belong to the convention of critical survey; nevertheless, contributions of essayistic character have also been published. The magazine also cherishes tradition of extensive interviews with most prominent protagonists of international and local scene so that, for example, interviews with Kenneth Frampton, Peter Zumthor, Hans Hollein, Wolf D. Prix, Daniel Libeskid, Bernard Tschumi, David Adjaye, Atelier Bow Wow, Ivan Crnković, Hrvoje Njirić, Matija Bevk and Vaso Perović, as well as with numerous others have been published.
Design is a significant determination of identity and concept of the magazine and here, efforts have been made to harmonize visual impressiveness as well as readability and easy survey of contents. Design has been renewed in regular cycles, so that the first 49 issues were signed by Studio Rašić from Zagreb and from the issue 50, layout of Oris has been made after the design by Damir Bralić, Vanja Cuculić, and Nikola Đurek. Concerning this redesign, an invitation competition was organized and seven prominent Croatian designers and studios of design participated in order to obtain the most appropriate solution. A special attention was paid to the editorial of photography and layout therefore the editorial board works closely with designers on creating layout for each and every contribution.
For the Publisher: Andrija Rusan