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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‘Broken Light’ softens a hardscrabble street in Rotterdam’s old harbor

‘Broken Light’ softens a hardscrabble street in Rotterdam’s old harbor

The city of Rotterdam asked a group of artists to help rejuvenate the former harbor area of Katendrecht through the use of light. the winner of the competition was Rudolf Teunissen of Daglicht & Vorm. His award-winning design projects a wavy pattern on the street and siewalk and narrow pennants of lights on the facades of the social income housing. In the beginning the inhabitants were wary, but now they’re proud of the way that lighting project ‘Broken Light’ has softened the look and feel of the street. Read my story for Architectural Record here.   Read the article…

Items: Designers are saving the world

Items: Designers are saving the world

Conferences used to be about star designers showing pretty things. Now they’re about sharing social concerns. The second edition of the Amsterdam conference What Design Can Do was all about how the social role that design can play. The designer is now both a catalyst and a go-between: part problem-solver, part community organizer, part dreamer. I interviewed Hella Jongerius at the conference and for the magazine Items I wrote an essay which you can read here

Photos: The theme of ‘WDCD’ in 2013 will be ‘Collaboration’ | project by Febrik in the Lebanese refugee camp Burj el Barajneh | colored vases series 3 by Hella Jongerius | graphic design on the streets of Bogotá from the blog Popular de Lujo Read the article…