TRACY•TV #12 – Esther Agricola, Rijksmuseum garden party, renovation Maastunnel

TRACY•TV #12 – Esther Agricola, Rijksmuseum garden party, renovation Maastunnel

One of the reasons I love Amsterdam is because there is always something unexpected happening – like a choir singing classical music on a boat in the canal and a whole parade of naked cyclists passing by my kitchen window. No wonder more and more people want to live here. But how to house them all? I spoke about this with Esther Agricola, head of Planning and Sustainability of the city of Amsterdam. And again lots of parties this week: I went to the Rijksmuseum garden party (tout everybody is there) surrounded by the artworks of Jean Dubuffet and the Fontana Gallery summer party. At my weekly radio gig I talked about the renovation of Rotterdam’ s iconic Maastunnel and sang a happy birthday song for my husband Baptist.

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TRACY•TV #11 – Office gym and a new Amsterdam neighborhood

TRACY•TV #11 – Office gym and a new Amsterdam neighborhood

Hi there! This week I took a look at the development of a new Amsterdam neighborhood: Amstel III, a.k.a. Amstelstad. Interesting to see how the muncipality wants to develop this into a neighborhood with the focus on health. We got also a lesson in how to create a gym in your own office, for those perky glutes we all want. This week I saw my last three Holland Festival performances: amazing, drank tea with my loooooongterm friend Deborah and attended a very lively birthday party. 

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De stad in De Ochtend: wonen óp een dijk

De stad in De Ochtend: wonen óp een dijk

Elke woensdag ben ik tussen 10 en 11 uur te gast in het KRO NCRV radioprogramma De Ochtend op Radio 1 om actuele ontwikkelingen op het gebied van architectuur en stedelijk leven te bespreken. Vandaag: Flexibel leven met water is de trend in watermanagment. In het toekomstige dorp Reeve, bij Kampen, wordt dit (letterlijk) naar nieuwe hoogtes getild door een klimaatdijk, waar een waterverdediging wordt gecombineerd met wonen. 

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TRACY•TV #10 – Amsterdam Art Prize, Nextdoor, climate responsive water design

TRACY•TV #10 – Amsterdam Art Prize, Nextdoor, climate responsive water design

This week I did something very exciting: I moderated a symposium about depopulation in the Royal Palace where His Majesty, King of the Netherlands Willem Alexander, Queen Máxima and Her Royal Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands were all three in attendence. In another fancy pancy environment, I got to announce the nominations for the Amsterdam Art Prize. Later in the week, I spoke on a huge boat about climate responsive water design, saw an amazing performance at the Holland Festival and went to the Fotomuseum in Den Hague to see the black&white photographs of Peter Hujar.

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