Interview with Pritzker Prize winners RCR Arquitectes

Interview with Pritzker Prize winners RCR Arquitectes

Winners of the 2017 Pritzker Prize are RCR Arquitectes, a Spanish studio located by deliberate choice in the volcanic hinterland of the province of Catalunya. I interviewed them for NRC Handelsblad and made a video interview as well.

The reaction is most of the architecture world was: ‘Who?’ By chance I knew their work: I had stayed in an extraordinary hotel they designed with rooms  made entirely of glass, I had visited a school + library in the Barcelona neighbourhood of Sant Antoni, and I had seen an exhibition on their work in Barcelona. I returned to their town of Olot, to the 16th-century foundry where their studio is located, to speak with them, and visited their striking underground bodega in Palamós, on the coast north of Barcelona.

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Moderator conference ‘Trump’s World’  at Asser Institute

Moderator conference ‘Trump’s World’ at Asser Institute

On 27 January, the Asser Institute for international law hosted the conference ‘Trump’s World: The Trump Administration and International Law’. Its aim was to discuss the foreign policy options available to the new Trump Administration and to evaluate the potential consequences of President Trump’s positions for the international order at large. As the director of the John Adams Institute I was invited to moderate the conference.

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Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Water’

Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Water’

The relationship between the Netherlands and water is fascinating for foreigners – even for a foreigner like me who has been living in the Netherlands for more than thirty years. Watch and listen to my multimedia tour ‘Water’ in which I discuss the role of water in the Netherlands with water envoy  Henk Ovink, farmer Nol Hooijmaijers and Florian Boer of  De Urbanisten. 

All three multimedia tours that I created on the occasion of being awarded the Maaskant Prize 2016 can be seen on www.tracyinnederland.nl

Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Housing’

Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Housing’

Sometimes living in the city is more about a solid investment than about a nice house. Who benefits from the current overheated urban housing market? To what extent is a house still a home?
Watch and listen to  my multimedia tour ‘Wonen’ (Housing) in which I examine how housing through the years has reflected the dominant ideology. Along the way I talk with sociologist Arnold Reijndorp, architect and Bijlmer-believer Pi de Bruijn and photographer and Vinex-resident Theo Baart.

All three multimedia tours that I created on the occasion of being awarded the Maaskant Prize 2016 can be seen on www.tracyinnederland.nl

Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Leisure’

Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Leisure’

Leisure has not only become an enormous industry, but various aspects of our lives are becoming more focused on entertainment. We are living in a ‘Belevium’ (entertainment world) in which we amuse ourselves to death. But when others – tourists – want to play along, we are not so happy anymore. 
Watch and listen to my multimedia tour ‘Vrije tijd’ (Leisure) in which I discuss how our environment is becoming more like a playground with Hans Mommaas, director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, farmer Elmar Hoogendoorn and leisre consultant at LAGroup Stephen Hodes.

All three multimedia tours that I created on the occasion of being awarded the Maaskant Prize 2016 can be seen on www.tracyinnederland.nl