Amsterdam Worldwide First: A Cycling Mayor

Amsterdam Worldwide First: A Cycling Mayor

For Harvard Graduate School of Design I wrote a blog about the cycling mayor in Amsterdam. 

Urban cycling is all the rage in cities nowadays. For tourists it’s a fun way of seeing the city, for locals in cities that are not used to bikes it is a form of transport activism. In Amsterdam, it’s utilitarian; biking is simply the cheapest and quickest way to get around. Not in lycra, but in high heels or a business suit, or with groceries in front and a child in back.

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Souvenirs by design

Souvenirs by design

New trend: souvenirs are the new outlet for designers. It dawned on me when I attended a talk by Scottish curator Stacey Hunter at the exhibition design Language during the Milan Designweek about her project Local Heroes in Edinburgh last year. She invited nine designers to create souvenirs that went beyond the heritage clichés. It reminded me of a Dutch project by designer Elmo Vermijs, 100% Terschelling, which is in the running for one of this year’s Dutch Design Awards.

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Created in China: design musea in Shenzen en Hong Kong

Created in China: design musea in Shenzen en Hong Kong

 

Op een steenworp afstand van elkaar bouwen zowel China als Hong Kong aan nieuwe musea voor design. Bij beide instellingen zijn Nederlanders betrokken. Voor het NRC bezocht ik China en Hong Kong en interviewde ik Aric Chen over het nieuwe M+ museum en Ole Bouman over Design Society. Update: Aric Chen wordt per 1 mei 2021 directeur van Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

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