Water Index: Design Strategies for Drought, Flooding and Contamination

Water Index: Design Strategies for Drought, Flooding and Contamination

In the wake of an escalating global crisis with water, ‘Water Index: Design Strategies for Drought, Flooding and Contamination’ (2017) is a critical inventory and analysis of innovative architecture, landscape architecture and design solutions to address the rising, disappearing, and contamination of water. The book works to create an enduring manual and manifesto for water development and design in the twenty-first century and to acknowledge crisis-initiated design as an important trajectory for architectural discourse. The chapter ‘Catastrophe’ is taken from my book ‘Sweet and Salt: water and the Dutch’. You can read the chapter here.

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Longreads avant la lettre voor ‘Het beste van Atlas’

Longreads avant la lettre voor ‘Het beste van Atlas’

In de ruime bloemlezing ‘Het beste van Atlas’, samengesteld door Emile Brugman en uitgegeven door Atlas Contact, zijn mijn stukken ‘De woestijn’ en ‘Dear Daddy,’ verschenen. Het literaire tijdschrift Atlas werd in 1991 opgericht om onderdak te bieden voor longreads ‘avant la lettre’ – te lang voor de krant, te kort voor een boek – waarmee in Nederland de basis werd gelegd voor de literaire non-fictie. In ‘Het beste van Atlas’ staat o.a. ook stukken van Ian Buruma, Jan Brokken, Boudewijn Büch  en Geert Mak. Lees hier mijn twee verhalen.

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Designed for the Future: Het Schieblock

Designed for the Future: Het Schieblock

In Designed for the Future, Jared Green asked eighty global leaders who shape our built and natural environments the same question: what gives you hope that a sustainable future is possible? I contributed a short essay about ZUS Architects and its transformation of Het Schieblock, an abandoned office building from the sixties, into the center of the revitalized neighborhood. Read my piece  below.

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Social design with water makes the world a better place

Social design with water makes the world a better place

A film, an app, an artwork, a Twitter-campaign, a product: those are just a few examples of social design with water. They can get an issue on the agenda, create a community and launch new products. For the book by Anne van der Zwaag on social design, Looks Good Feels Good Is Good, I wrote the chapter on the theme of water. The world is ready for designers who, rather than adding yet another chair to what is already there, prefer to devote their time and creativity to solving the world’s problems.

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