O B L / Q U E

Oblique is a journal on architectural conservation that intentionally positions itself at the periphery of conservation publications by publishing articles written by non-conservation specialists and by making tangential conservation topics its central subject matter. The journal gathers content found at the edge of the traditional discipline, and reinserts it in the field forcing it to reframe itself with each new issue. This practice includes the reinterpretation of conservation projects within novel intellectual frameworks, but also, the analysis of architectural heritage of unconventional nature such a temporary, informal, digital, destroyed, imaginary, copied, fictitious, or space heritage. The journal offers a platform for the critical engagement of other fields in the rethinking of the fundamental notions of permanence a stable meaning in which traditional conservation is grounded. These interdisciplinary exchanges are crucial for building more inclusive narratives and places for contemporary societies through a more flexible conception of what architectural heritage is and could be. 


The journal has a critical and pedagogical intend. It gathers interviews, articles from scholars and students, images and diagrams, but it also provides theoretical explanations of new approaches to conservation along with bibliographical references. The objective is to produce a collection of theoretical essays that overtime will conform the basis for an alternative or complementary conservation theory. The journal is free and available on-line in order to engage the widest and more diverse audience. 


OBL/QUE, A Journal on Critical Conservation is a peer-reviewed publication based at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief: Natalia Escobar Castrillón, Instructor and PhD Candidate in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Advisor: Prof. K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard Graduate School of Design.