A chronicle of Japanese tears

A chronicle of Japanese tears

In the wonderful Berlin bookstore Do You Read Me? I found an intriguing little oblong book with a blue and silver cover and a Japanse character on it. Under the character was written the word, or the name, ‘namida’ and the names of the Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger. The publisher is Edizioni Periferia. A Japanse-Swiss-Italian co-production, apparently – but what is namida? I had to know. Read the article…

Architectural Record: Social housing with dignity in Belgium

Architectural Record: Social housing with dignity in Belgium

The American magazine Architectural Record was so impressed by MDW’s social housing project on the site of the former soap factory Savonnerie Heymans in the center of Brussels that they put it on the cover of the March issue. The architects managed to retain the industrial flavor of the location while providing social housing that has shared public space, amenities and – perhaps the most important – dignity. Read my article here.

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Stadsleven: Het digitale bestaan van de stedeling

Stadsleven: Het digitale bestaan van de stedeling

Het leven in de stad is ingrijpend veranderd nu we allemaal digitaal met elkaar zijn verbonden. Dankzij het web, Facebook en Twitter kunnen we weetjes over de buurt delen, elkaars auto huren, actie voeren, een oppas vinden, allemaal zonder elkaar persoonlijk te kennen. In de digitale wereld zijn we vertrouwde vreemden voor elkaar. Bij de tweede aflevering van mijn talkshow Stadsleven: een reportage in De Groene over de digitale stedeling. Read the article…