TRACY•TV #24 – Eberhard van der Laan, Unseen and San Sebastian Film Festival

TRACY•TV #24 – Eberhard van der Laan, Unseen and San Sebastian Film Festival

This week started with the emotional tribute for mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, who announced this week he needed to stop his work because of his sickness. Thursday, I was at the opening of the Unseen photography festival. I especially loved the new work of Charlotte Dumas about wild horses in Japan. In the weekend, I went to the San Sebastian Festival with the ladiesclub of EYE filmmuseum. Baptist stayed home and went to the opening ‘Traces of War’ of photographer Jan Banning at gallery Fontana.

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TRACY•TV #23 – Sarah van Sonsbeeck, Art Chapel, Maarten Baas & more

TRACY•TV #23 – Sarah van Sonsbeeck, Art Chapel, Maarten Baas & more

Parties, exhibitions and sneak peeks this week. Sunday, I went to a beautiful exhibition of Sarah van Sonsbeeck about refugees in the old church of Amsterdam. I had a surprise party of my friend Leon Ramakers with a speech of comedian Freek de Jonge. On Tuesday, Mohsin Hamid gave a lecture at the John Adams Institute. Journalist Mirjam de Rijk gave us a preview of what she will discuss during the Stadsleven live talkshow ‘Wij Willen Wonen’ about the housing market. Later this week, Art Chapel curator Maarten Bertheux gave me a tour of this great exhibition space. I celebrated with Wouter Veldhuis that his firm MUST, an urbanism studio, exists already 20 years. And I finally got to see the exhibition of designer Maarten Baas in the Groninger Museum.

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TRACY•TV #22 – Barcelona – Hospital Sant Pau, Casa del Punxes, Catalan Independence

TRACY•TV #22 – Barcelona – Hospital Sant Pau, Casa del Punxes, Catalan Independence

Again, a week full discoveries in Barcelona. I couldn’t believe I have never been to Hospital Sant Pau before, an amazing art nouveau building in the middle of the city. Also another ‘modernismo’ building opened up its doors to the public: Casa del Punxes which I can see from my apartment and now I got a chance to get a look inside. In Alella, a small town near Barcelona where we celebrated the grape harvest, we saw a glimpse of the huge impact of the upcoming referendum about Catalan Independence: Keep calm and speak Catalan!

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TRACY•TV #21 – Ramblas Barcelona, Circl Pavillion, Zhao Renhui

TRACY•TV #21 – Ramblas Barcelona, Circl Pavillion, Zhao Renhui

Barcelona proves resilient after the terrorist attack on the Ramblas 2 weeks ago. There’s still much grief, but luckily life went also on. Still, impressive to see.

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Barcelona, check out this website:

https://www.happinessisagamble.com/best-things-to-do-in-barcelona-spain

I am not only eating delicious calamari here, but also working, on an interview with zoologist artist Zhao Renhui and my weekly radio column, this time on the Afsluitdijk. Also, I visited the brand new Circl Pavillion of the bank ABN Amro at the Zuidas Financial district in Amsterdam. Although …brand new…? Everything is made from used, recycled and upcycled materials, even jeans from the employees!

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TRACY•TV #20 – Canal Festival, Amsterdam Art Prize and Marker Wadden

TRACY•TV #20 – Canal Festival, Amsterdam Art Prize and Marker Wadden

Busy week again! I take you with me to the Canal Festival of which we hosted a saxophone concert in our StadsSalon, and the award ceremony of the Amsterdam Art Prize. Also I visited Sportcomplex Mercator for a story on green façades, the Singer Laren for an interview with Oscar Vos of KRFT and in the weekend I travelled with the Amsterdam Architecture Academy to the Marker Wadden to amaze myself about this man-made nature.

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De stad in De Ochtend: Marker Wadden, gebouwde natuur

De stad in De Ochtend: Marker Wadden, gebouwde natuur

Elke dinsdag ben ik voor het nieuws van 11 uur te gast in het KRO NCRV programma De Ochtend op Radio 1 om actuele ontwikkelingen op het gebied van architectuur en stedelijk leven te bespreken. Vandaag gaat het over iets oer- en oer-Hollands namelijk nieuw land, het maken van land uit water. Dat gebeurt nu in het Markermeer, waar vorig jaar begonnen is met de aanleg van vijf nieuwe eilanden.

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