I was at the Milan Design Week 2017 to spot the newest developments in design. Today I was at Lambrate, spotted designs by Maarten Baas x Hans Lensvelt, Creative Chef Jasper Udink ten Catea and Designschool Kolding. I visited the Ikea festival and the expo One Planet, One Future by Anne de Carbuccia.
I went to the Milan Design Week, always the international hotspot for the design world – and 2017 was no exception. And… I started doing a video blog, a ‘vlog’. It’s fun to experiment with a new form of storytelling. This is the vlog for my first day, including Atelier010’s project Sugarrush, work by Piet Hein Eek, en exhibition in a 16th-century villa curated by Airbnb, the Dutch exhibition Masterly and Tom Dixon’s collaboration with Ikea (behh).
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.
Recently I interviewed the American journalist and writer Russell Shorto, my predecessor as director of the John Adams Institute, the independent center for American culture in the Netherlands. We talk about Trump and the meaning of his victory for the United States and its relationship with the rest of the world.
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.
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