Parket van een afgedankte barkruk, isolatie van oude jeans

Parket van een afgedankte barkruk, isolatie van oude jeans

Het nieuwe paviljoen van ABN Amro op de Zuidas heet ‘C i rc l’, maar het is niet rond. Het is hartstikke rechthoekig, met twee verdiepingen en een openbaar toegankelijke daktuin. Wat er wel rond aan is, is de gedachte erachter: dit moet een etalage worden voor circulair bouwen, de overtreffende trap van duurzaamheid. En de bank wil zelf het goede voorbeeld geven.

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Kaan Architecten transforms government building into workspace

Kaan Architecten transforms government building into workspace

Built in 1917 by the chief government architect Daniel E.C. Knuttel for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Industry and Trade in The Hague, the brick and stone building at Bezuidenhoutseweg 30 has been transformed by the Rotterdam-based Kaan Architecten into a home for five government-related planning and advisory agencies. I wrote an article for Architectural Record about how the once dark and heavy interiors of this national landmark are now light and transparent, and, in keeping with the changing times, B30, named after its address, is ready to facilitate an exchange of knowledge rather than the exercise of power.

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Nextdoor: digital platform for neighborhoods – Interview with co-founder Sarah Leary

Nextdoor: digital platform for neighborhoods – Interview with co-founder Sarah Leary

Nextdoor is a free private social network for neighborhood communities. It launched in 2011 in the US and at the beginning of 2016 in the Netherlands, its first European rollout. It has become quite popular: in the US 75 percent of all households use it, and in the Netherlands over a third of the neighborhoods have adopted it in just the past year and a half. In the UK, where the app was launched last September, it now represents 44% of the country’s neighborhoods, and release in France and Germany is pending. “It took us four years to attain the growth in the US that we have already experienced here in the Netherlands,” says co-founder Sarah Leary. “The Dutch love smartphones and are early adopters of social networking services.” 

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Ruins of a perfect world

Ruins of a perfect world

I first saw work by the French-Luxemburg artist duo Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil two years ago at Galerie Fontana. It was the exhibion ‘Un monde parfait – In dust suspended’. I wrote an article for NRC about the way they use their sculptures to come to grips with the desolation of the modern utopia that was realized in concrete on the edges of Paris – as in many other cities.

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