Boek en film over de (huis)stijl van het Stedelijk

Boek en film over de (huis)stijl van het Stedelijk

Het Stedelijk is na een acht jaar durende tranendal van financiële en bouwkundige ellende weer open. Op de feestelijke opening gisteravond – de laatste van vele – was de opluchting overal hoorbaar. ‘Wat fijn dat het er weer is!’ was de meest gehoorde opmerking. De opluchting overheerste zelfs zo, dat de criant lelijke badkuip van kogelvrij polyester die Benthem Crouwel aan de achtergevel hebben gehangen, onbenoemd bleef, net als de magere, vreugdeloze huisstijl van Mevis en Van Deursen. Lees hier mijn interview met hen voor NRC. Read the article…

Items is the conscience of Dutch design

Items is the conscience of Dutch design

For three decades now the magazine Items has been the Netherlands’ design conscience. Items is serious and thoughtful; it is more about the culture of design than about the business of the market. ‘In our pages you won’t find the usual overstyled parade of chairs,’ says editor-in-chief Max Bruinsma. Het interview staat in Connecting the Dots #5 dat verschijnt bij het  London Design Festival 2012.

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Building is a political act,  says Cameron Sinclair

Building is a political act, says Cameron Sinclair

It’s not architecture if it doesn’t get built. Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of the non-profit Architecture for Humanity, is a fierce believer in building for those in distress. I interviewed him in Amsterdam, where he spoke in the spring of 2012 at the conference What Design Can Do. It was published on the blog of the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design

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Designing for water: the sweet & the salt of it

Designing for water: the sweet & the salt of it

Water is life – and death. As floods and droughts assume Biblical proportions in many areas in the world, the magnitude of the water issues we face is penetrating our awareness and our political and spatial agenda. Nowhere is that clearer than in the Netherlands, where mastery of the water has always been a condition for survival. If there is one element which is crucial to the Low Lands – for its sheer existence, for its landscape, for its identity – then that is water. The Dutch created land by pushing the water out with dikes and keeping it out with pumps. Now, however, the country that has refashioned its landscape so distinctly in order to keep water out, is letting it back in. For Landscape, the magazine of the British Landscape Institute, I wrote an essay based on my book in collaboration with Maartje van den Heuvel, Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch. Read the essay here: Tracy Metz – Designin for water: the sweet & the salt of it – 2012 – Landscape Institute

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