NBC made a short documentary about Amsterdam’s hidden community of refugee squatters. Many refugees that have been denied a status are illegal in this country and they therefore do not have the right for housing. This documentary visits several refugees and interviewed them. I was asked to elaborate on the history of Amsterdam concerning squatting.
This week I did something very exciting: I moderated a symposium about depopulation in the Royal Palace where His Majesty, King of the Netherlands Willem Alexander, Queen Máxima and Her Royal Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands were all three in attendence. In another fancy pancy environment, I got to announce the nominations for the Amsterdam Art Prize. Also I interviewed professor Mark Shucksmith on depopulation and Sarah Leary of the neighbourhoodapp Nextdoor. Later in the week, I spoke on a huge boat about climate responsive water design, saw an amazing performance at the Holland Festival and went to the Fotomuseum in Den Hague to see the black&white photographs of Peter Hujar.
Hi all! This week it was a lot of family business with visits from my step- and grandsons. Besides that, we went to a spectacular performance of the Holland Festival, the photography festival in Naarden and got to see a very innovative idea for a hotel with water as its theme and some very funny dancing robotic chairs… Read the article…
This week I moderated a debate at Funda about how we can design a dreamhouse based on the real data of consumerwishes and I presented the winner of the Amsterdam Street Art award. Also, I give you a behind the scenes of my talkshow Stadsleven and I went to Antwerp to see the Margiela exhibition in the Fashion Museum.
This week I was in Londen for three very important reasons: to see the amazing David Hockney exhibition in Tate Britian on the last day, to see the amazing Balenciaga exhibition in the V&A that just opened and to celebrate our 11th anniversary with my amazing husband.
Also I met up with urban sociologist David Madden and with photographer Bas Losekoot to talk about his serie ‘Familiar Strangers’ on the people that you recognize but don’t know as you’re walking everyday through big cities.
This week, I was in the jury of the Amsterdam Street Art Award, talked with Lauren Greenfield about her photobook Generation Wealth, spotted tech trends at the Next Web Conference and watched myself on tv in an item on water for CBS.