The Dutch pavilion at this year’s Architecture biennale in Venice was designed by The New Institute to look like a locker room, with bright orange doors that you could open to discover the secrets within. The theme was the future of work, now that everything, even sex, is being automated. In the main exhibition hall, Crimson created a thoughtful and attractive exhibition about the impact of migration on cities.
For its entry to this year’s Architecture biennale in Venice, citizens of Tirana lent their doors – a symbol of the country’s hope that the EU will open its doors to Albania. I spoke to Tirana’s mayor, the fireball Erion Veliaj, about his plans for the city and the role he sees for contemporary architecture in making the city more liveable.
At the Designweek this year in Milan, Eindhoven’s Design Academy took us on a treasure hunt. They addressed big issues like fake news, basic income and value creation by going totally local, embedding their work at the liquor store, the market, the hardware shop, the newsstand.
Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, a.k.a. the Dutch design duo Studio Drift, are famous worldwide for their poetic works that mix technology with nature. They have their first solo exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, from the 25th of April until 26th of August 2018, including well-known works such as Fragile Future, the Drifter, Shylight and Amplitude. Dutch journalist Tracy Metz got the chance to take a look at the making of the exhibition and interviewed Lonneke Gordijn.
Oosterwold, in the province of Flevoland, Netherlands, is a pioneering place where urban development is (almost) all in the hands of the residents.This means that the residents will not only get control of their own homes but also of industry, roads and paths, green areas, water and public areas. I took a look in this practice of organic urbanism.