Amsterdam Worldwide First: A Cycling Mayor

Amsterdam Worldwide First: A Cycling Mayor

For Harvard Graduate School of Design I wrote a blog about the cycling mayor in Amsterdam. 

Urban cycling is all the rage in cities nowadays. For tourists it’s a fun way of seeing the city, for locals in cities that are not used to bikes it is a form of transport activism. In Amsterdam, it’s utilitarian; biking is simply the cheapest and quickest way to get around. Not in lycra, but in high heels or a business suit, or with groceries in front and a child in back.

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Souvenirs by design

Souvenirs by design

New trend: souvenirs are the new outlet for designers. It dawned on me when I attended a talk by Scottish curator Stacey Hunter at the exhibition design Language during the Milan Designweek about her project Local Heroes in Edinburgh last year. She invited nine designers to create souvenirs that went beyond the heritage clichés. It reminded me of a Dutch project by designer Elmo Vermijs, 100% Terschelling, which is in the running for one of this year’s Dutch Design Awards.

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Drones en timelapse vertellen verhaal van de Waal

Drones en timelapse vertellen verhaal van de Waal

Zo traag als de ruimtelijke ordening is – door minister Pronk en anderen ooit vergeleken met een mammoettanker – zo vingervlug is de technologie. Waar de ruimtelijke ordening jaaaaaren nodig heeft om tot een besluit te komen, en dan nog wat jaren voordat het eindproduct er is, kan het verhaal van de totstandkoming in luttele minuten worden verteld. Drones, timelapse, fotomontage: ze zijn een geschenk aan de ruimtelijke ordening.

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Rewriting history with bullets, flares and a carpet

Rewriting history with bullets, flares and a carpet

The Spanish artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo is fascinated by power and its counterpart, the abuse of power. And so he is fascinated by dictators, not lastly Spain’s own Franco. I interviewed him earlier this year for NRC about his impressive exhibition in Den Bosch, where he showed a most unusual relic: two of Franco’s eyelashes.
Sánchez was in Amsterdam recently for the Art Weekend. At his gallery Tegenboschvanvreden he showed his most recent project, about a bloody confrontation between students and police in 1968 in the Mexican new town of Tlatelolco. 

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New museum for a young nation: Estonia

New museum for a young nation: Estonia

Look closely at the photo below: on the far right you can just barely discern a human figure. That gives you an idea how big the new building for the Estonian National Museum is in the city of Tartu, which opens to the public next week, on Oct. 1st, 2016. It’s huge: 356 meters long, 72 meters wide, and 15 meters high at the front, sloping down gradually to just over 2 at the back. One of the world’s smallest countries now has one of the world’s biggest museums, at a cost of 75 million euro’s. The only bigger cultural building in the country is the Linnahall, built by the Soviets on the occasion of the 1980 Olympic Games.

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