Short&Sweet in Milaan: Alice Rawsthorn

Short&Sweet in Milaan: Alice Rawsthorn

Short&Sweet: een interview met Alice Rawsthorn, design critica, vanuit de Salone del Mobile 2015 in Milaan.

Alice Rawsthorn: Gender identity is obviously a massive issue for society today, as is sustainability. So these issues are adressed here in Milan, tangentially rather than strategically.

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Short&Sweet in Milaan: Paola Antonelli

Short&Sweet in Milaan: Paola Antonelli

Short&Sweet: een interview met Paola Antonelli, senior curator architectuur en design van het MoMA, vanuit de Salone del Mobile 2015 in Milaan.

Paola Antonelli: Designers are learning to modulate their opportunities and to pick the right platform. It is necessary to present the whole spectrum of design, by having both the digital and physical in the same space.

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Water in the city – TEDx Zwolle

Water in the city – TEDx Zwolle

During TEDx Zwolle I gave a lecture about water in the city around the world. The sea and the rivers have shaped the identity and the country itself. Climate change increases the risk of flooding and drought. The effects of a disaster in a densely populated country like The Netherlands are incalculable. Climate change is now forcing itself upon us: a new reality that cannot be ignored. Read the article…

Stadsleven interview: internet critic Evgeny Morosov on the theft of our time and attention

Stadsleven interview: internet critic Evgeny Morosov on the theft of our time and attention

For my monthly live talkshow in Amsterdam, Stadsleven (‘City Life’ ) I interviewed internet critic Evgeny Morosov, prolific essayist and author of ‘To Save Everything, Click Here’ (translated in Dutch by publisher De Wereld as ‘Om de wereld te redden, klik hier’). The theme this month (May 2014) is ‘Slow City’, about how to reconquer calm and focus in hectic urban life, and I talked to Morosov about the virtues of boredom and the onslaught on our time and attention by addictive social media. Morosov admits that he is vulnerable too: he sometimes locks away his router cable and smartphone so as to have a chance to be creatively bored.

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Stadsleven interview:  Saskia Sassen on smart cities and big data

Stadsleven interview: Saskia Sassen on smart cities and big data

For my live monthly talkshow Stadsleven (‘City Life’) the theme in April 2014 was ‘Big Data: What does the city know about me?’. One of my guests, via Skype and video, was the Columbia sociologist Saskia Sassen, well-known for her research on globalization and migration. “Much of the design of smart cities generates a city that is not smart enough,” she says. “Actually they are pretty stupid.” Too much standardized technology leads to a loss of local knowledge, says Sassen. “Ultimately you need openness.”

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Nova – Megastorm Aftermath (PBS Documentary)

Nova – Megastorm Aftermath (PBS Documentary)

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, PBS – the American Public Broadcasting System – came to the Netherlands to learn about the Dutch approach to water. How should the New York region protect itself from the next Sandy? I was one of the people interviewed, and talked about the Dutch attitude to water as a ‘frenemy’. Watch the entire documentary here.

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