TRACY·TV #55: Arts center Kanal Brussels opens in Citroen garage

TRACY·TV #55: Arts center Kanal Brussels opens in Citroen garage

The Belgian capital of Brussels has upped its cultural offerings with Kanal Brussel, a new contemporary arts center in collaboration with Centre Pompidou in Paris. Kanal is housed in an enormous former Citroen garage, I spoke with director Yves Goldstein about how kanal showcases Belgian art and asked him: what’s in it for the Pompidou? He also showed the winning entry by architects NOA/EM2N/SERGISON BATES, the result of an international competiton, for the renovation of the 38,000-square-meter ‘glass cathedral’ Art Deco building.

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TRACY·TV #53: Joris Laarman and his 3D printed bridge of steel

TRACY·TV #53: Joris Laarman and his 3D printed bridge of steel

Dutch designer Joris Laarman has gained international fame with his designs in which he uses innovative technology to create objects of great beauty: functional esthetics. His newest project is a 3D printed bridge of steel, a technique he invented himself, for one of Amsterdam’s medieval canals. I went to talk to him and see the bridge under construction in his workplace at the former NDSM-shipyard in the north of the city.

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TRACY·TV #52: Dutch pavilion at Venice Architecture biennale

TRACY·TV #52: Dutch pavilion at Venice Architecture biennale

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. 

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TRACY·TV #51: Albania opens new old doors in Venice

TRACY·TV #51: Albania opens new old doors in Venice

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.

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TRACY•TV #50: Places of Hope in Leeuwarden

TRACY•TV #50: Places of Hope in Leeuwarden

‘Places of Hope’ is an exhibition in the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden as part of the city’s role als cultural capital this year. Curators Maarten Hajer and Michiel van Iersel offer us an optimistic look at the future. For sure there are many problems in the world, but there are also lots of inspired people who have come up with innovative solutions. ‘Sun for everyone!’

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