TRACY•TV #19 – Carel Willink, my start in journalism and Singapore

TRACY•TV #19 – Carel Willink, my start in journalism and Singapore

This week I take you with me when I visited the MuseumMore exhibition which featured art of Carel Willink. Later this week I travelled from the beautiful Dutch skies of Willink to Singapore, where I was keynote speaker at the DRIA congress on water resilience. Furthermore, Mieke Dings showed me the National Museum in Singapore, and I interviewed architect Richard Hassell on vertical gardens. And in my weekly radio column I tell you about my very exciting start of my carreer in journalism…

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Kaan Architecten transforms government building into workspace

Kaan Architecten transforms government building into workspace

Built in 1917 by the chief government architect Daniel E.C. Knuttel for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Industry and Trade in The Hague, the brick and stone building at Bezuidenhoutseweg 30 has been transformed by the Rotterdam-based Kaan Architecten into a home for five government-related planning and advisory agencies. I wrote an article for Architectural Record about how the once dark and heavy interiors of this national landmark are now light and transparent, and, in keeping with the changing times, B30, named after its address, is ready to facilitate an exchange of knowledge rather than the exercise of power.

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De stad in De Ochtend: erfenis van de kraakbeweging

De stad in De Ochtend: erfenis van de kraakbeweging

Elke dinsdag ben ik voor het nieuws van 11 uur te gast in het KRO NCRV programma De Ochtend op Radio 1 om actuele ontwikkelingen op het gebied van architectuur en stedelijk leven te bespreken. Na de ‘leefstraten’ van vorige week nu deel 2 van het thema ‘de stedeling herovert zijn stad’: de erfenis van de kraakbeweging. Wat je ook van het kraken mag vinden, de kraakbeweging heeft laten zien dat veel leegstaande panden waarde hadden – en dat je zelf in actie kunt komen om je de stad toe te eigenen.

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TRACY•TV #18 -‘Living streets’, squatters and the Canal Festival

TRACY•TV #18 -‘Living streets’, squatters and the Canal Festival

Citydwellers are reclaiming the streets! See the ‘leefstraten’, the ‘living streets’, like the Kersstraat in Utrecht, where for a few weeks the neighborhood uses the space normally reserved for cars. And in the New Institute, curator René Boer reflects on how decades of squatting have impacted the city of today. And meanwhile there is music on the canals of Amsterdam, thanks to the Canal Festival!

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Cold and dark: on board Scott’s polar ship Discovery

Cold and dark: on board Scott’s polar ship Discovery

We all know Captain Robert Falcon Scott as one of the tragic heroes of the heroic age of polar exploration: in 1912 he reached the South Pole, only to discover that the Norwegian Amundsen had beaten him to it. Scott and his companions did not survive the return trip. Scott’s polar career had already started in 1901, when he set off on a scientific expedition in the legendary ship the Discovery.

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