Sweet&Salt: book and exhibition

Sweet&Salt: book and exhibition

Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch is the title of an exhibition and a book on the relationship between the Low Countries and that element which is so fundamental to their landscape and their identity; water. Under pressure from climate change, the Netherlands are redefining their relationship to water, and in the process are subjecting the landscape to an extreme makeover. Read here the book in PDF.

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Risorgimento in industrial heritage

Risorgimento in industrial heritage

Torino is the capital of Italy’s celebration this year of the Risorgimento, the creation of the country 150 years ago. The city’s Fiat Lingotto factory is already famous, with its spectacular racetrack on the roof, but for this year’s festivities the city chose another impressive piece of its industrial past: the Officine di Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), where they used to repair the trains.

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Empathy at the Design Academy

Empathy at the Design Academy

The renowned Design Academy in Eindhoven opens its new academic year today with a fun, crazy, cool event on the theme of empathy. I’m moderating, guest speakers/artists are Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Frans de Waal, Roos Vonk, Lernert and Sander, Bas Raijmakers and Marianne Guldbrandson, and Rick Poynor. Lunch is designed by André Amaro and will no doubt be an event  in itself. Read the article…

Irene fills New York’s urban canyons

Irene fills New York’s urban canyons

An earthquake and a huge hurricane in one week: the east coast of the US is having a hard time. Buzzfeed.com posted 20 ‘photos’ of what New York City will look like tomorrow when hurricane Irene gets there. Water cascading down the subway steps, waves crashing into the Statue of Liberty at waist height, fleets of yellow cabs in the streets up to their gills in water. I’ll be interested to compare them to what really happens tomorrow. Especially since in my new book Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch I’ll be discussing New York’s forward-looking attempts to prepare for climate change and rising waters.  Read the article…

Eindhoven concert hall as Gesamtkunstwerk

Eindhoven concert hall as Gesamtkunstwerk

Niels van Eijk and Mirjam van der Lubbe were invited to do a complete makeover of Eindhoven’s concert hall. No stone went unturned, from the lobby with its touchy-feely ambient light wall to the uniforms, the carpet and that one brave yellow chair in the big auditorium. Graphics by Gerard Hadders. Read my article in the July issue of Metropolis here in Publications. Read the article…