TRACY·TV #57: Superblock in Barcelona for people, not cars

TRACY·TV #57: Superblock in Barcelona for people, not cars

All over the world, cities are trying to take back public space from the car. Barcelona has invented the ‘superblock’, where through traffic is banned to make space for playgrounds and gardens. I went to see the superblock in the neighborhood Poble Nou. Where four lanes of through traffic used to drive, there are now gardens, benches and playgrounds. “All cities should try this”, says neighborhood resident Silvia Casorran.

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TRACY·TV #55: Arts center Kanal Brussels opens in Citroen garage

TRACY·TV #55: Arts center Kanal Brussels opens in Citroen garage

The Belgian capital of Brussels has upped its cultural offerings with Kanal Brussel, a new contemporary arts center in collaboration with Centre Pompidou in Paris. Kanal is housed in an enormous former Citroen garage, I spoke with director Yves Goldstein about how kanal showcases Belgian art and asked him: what’s in it for the Pompidou? He also showed the winning entry by architects NOA/EM2N/SERGISON BATES, the result of an international competiton, for the renovation of the 38,000-square-meter ‘glass cathedral’ Art Deco building.

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De stad in Spraakmakers: 3D geprinte stalen brug van Joris Laarmans

De stad in Spraakmakers: 3D geprinte stalen brug van Joris Laarmans

Deze week ben ik voor het laatst als columnist te gast in het KRO-NCRV programma Spraakmakers op Radio 1, waar ik de afgelopen anderhalf jaar elke week actuele ontwikkelingen op het gebied van architectuur en stedelijk leven heb besprokenDeze week: Amsterdam krijgt de wereldprimeur van de 3D geprinte brug van staal van Joris Laarman.

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TRACY·TV #53: Joris Laarman and his 3D printed bridge of steel

TRACY·TV #53: Joris Laarman and his 3D printed bridge of steel

Dutch designer Joris Laarman has gained international fame with his designs in which he uses innovative technology to create objects of great beauty: functional esthetics. His newest project is a 3D printed bridge of steel, a technique he invented himself, for one of Amsterdam’s medieval canals. I went to talk to him and see the bridge under construction in his workplace at the former NDSM-shipyard in the north of the city.

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