Free time is becoming an ever more important factor in the shaping of our society, in the changing landscape, and in the physical and spatial arrangement of the Netherlands. Fun is ubiquitous and has a far-reaching effect on the development of the inner cities, the periphery and the countryside. My book Fun! Leisure and landscape examines, describes and analyses this phenomenon in text and photographs.
Amsterdam’s new high-density housing in the former harbor area depends on a mix of terraced housing punctuated by big blocks of flats. None come bigger than the Architecten Cie’s ‘Whale’.
In the Netherlands, as in many other countries, urban and spatial planning often seem to consist of good intentions, policy initiatives, and blueprints, and not of material changes in the public’s way of life. When these kinds of ‘planning’ actually do come alive, when people find that something in their daily living environment has changed, they are not sure why. Seeking to shed some light on how spatial planning and daily life do intersect to a great degree, I present in collaboration with photographer Theo Baart and urban planner Tjerk Ruimschotel, a portrait of the changing Netherlands.
The book ‘Snelweg. Highways in the Netherlands’ proves what the American landscape chronicler J.B. Jackson already knew: Roads no longer merely lead to places; they are places. With my words and with the images of Theo Baart and Cary Markerink this books presents the highway as a technological invention, a social setting and a biotope.
With their factory and distribution center for medical products in the Bavarian town of Melsungen, Stirling and Wilford have reinvented the building type.
The Dutch fashion brand Mexx chose Robert A.M. Stern for its headquarters and its flagship store in Amsterdam. ,,Postmodernism is the contemporary architectural style best suited to getting our lifestyle message across.” Read the article…