Interview with Pritzker Prize winners RCR Arquitectes

Interview with Pritzker Prize winners RCR Arquitectes

Winners of the 2017 Pritzker Prize are RCR Arquitectes, a Spanish studio located by deliberate choice in the volcanic hinterland of the province of Catalunya. I interviewed them for NRC Handelsblad and made a video interview as well.

The reaction is most of the architecture world was: ‘Who?’ By chance I knew their work: I had stayed in an extraordinary hotel they designed with rooms  made entirely of glass, I had visited a school + library in the Barcelona neighbourhood of Sant Antoni, and I had seen an exhibition on their work in Barcelona. I returned to their town of Olot, to the 16th-century foundry where their studio is located, to speak with them, and visited their striking underground bodega in Palamós, on the coast north of Barcelona.

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De stad in De Ochtend: Gaat Trump clashen met de steden?

De stad in De Ochtend: Gaat Trump clashen met de steden?

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. Overmorgen wordt Donald Trump geïnaugureerd als president van de Verenigde Staten. Naast alle groepen die Trump al beledigd heeft in aanloop naar zijn presidentschap dreigt hij ook te gaan clashen met de steden in de VS. 

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Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Housing’

Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Housing’

Sometimes living in the city is more about a solid investment than about a nice house. Who benefits from the current overheated urban housing market? To what extent is a house still a home?
Watch and listen to  my multimedia tour ‘Wonen’ (Housing) in which I examine how housing through the years has reflected the dominant ideology. Along the way I talk with sociologist Arnold Reijndorp, architect and Bijlmer-believer Pi de Bruijn and photographer and Vinex-resident Theo Baart.

All three multimedia tours that I created on the occasion of being awarded the Maaskant Prize 2016 can be seen on www.tracyinnederland.nl

Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Leisure’

Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Leisure’

Leisure has not only become an enormous industry, but various aspects of our lives are becoming more focused on entertainment. We are living in a ‘Belevium’ (entertainment world) in which we amuse ourselves to death. But when others – tourists – want to play along, we are not so happy anymore. 
Watch and listen to my multimedia tour ‘Vrije tijd’ (Leisure) in which I discuss how our environment is becoming more like a playground with Hans Mommaas, director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, farmer Elmar Hoogendoorn and leisre consultant at LAGroup Stephen Hodes.

All three multimedia tours that I created on the occasion of being awarded the Maaskant Prize 2016 can be seen on www.tracyinnederland.nl

 

 

 

Maaskant Award 2016: ‘Tracy in Nederland’

Maaskant Award 2016: ‘Tracy in Nederland’

On November 4th, 2016, I was awarded the Maaskantprijs 2016 by Mayor of Rotterdam Aboutaleb. This is a bi-annual prize for a person that stimulates the debate on architecture, landscape and urban design by publications, teaching or commissioning. That day I also launched the multimedia project ‘Tracy in Nederland‘ (Tracy in the Netherlands) that I developed with multimediaproducer Submarine, artist Jan Rothuizen and podcastmakers De Kostgangers. Part of the project is the essay The Dark Side of Urban Success designed by Hamid Sallali.

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Solkær betrapt makers street art bij hun kunst

Solkær betrapt makers street art bij hun kunst

In galerie Vroom & Varossieau hangen vindingrijke portretten van bekende street-artkunstenaars. Twintig jaar lang had de Deense fotograaf Søren Solkær popsterren geportretteerd. Kennelijk was het tijd voor iets nieuws, want drie jaar terug begon hij met Surface. Voor NRC Kunst schreef ik een recensie.

Een van de mooiste foto’s is van de Spanjaard Borodo, die zijn eigen portret ondersteboven heeft geschilderd op een betonnen muur tussen twee viaducten over een kanaal. Bij rustig weer, en goed licht, spiegelt zijn portret in het water.

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