Parties, exhibitions and sneak peeks this week. Sunday, I went to a beautiful exhibition of Sarah van Sonsbeeck about refugees in the old church of Amsterdam. I had a surprise party of my friend Leon Ramakers with a speech of comedian Freek de Jonge. On Tuesday, Mohsin Hamid gave a lecture at the John Adams Institute. Journalist Mirjam de Rijk gave us a preview of what she will discuss during the Stadsleven live talkshow ‘Wij Willen Wonen’ about the housing market. Later this week, Art Chapel curator Maarten Bertheux gave me a tour of this great exhibition space. I celebrated with Wouter Veldhuis that his firm MUST, an urbanism studio, exists already 20 years. And I finally got to see the exhibition of designer Maarten Baas in the Groninger Museum.
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