‘So what can we do to protect our city from climate change?’ Every city in the world is asking itself that question, including Montclair, New Jersey, just across the river from New York. New Jersey and New York were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. And that was the question that Gray Russell, sustainability officer of Montclair, put to me in our interview for a special edition of the local cable tv show ‘Greater Montclair’. I was in town to give two lectures in the month-long program Rising Tide at Montclair University. Read the article…
The tagline ‘Open Mind Sharp Business’ expresses the correlation between the mentality and the business climate of the Amsterdam region. ‘Open mind’ refers to the region’s diversity, inclusiveness, openness to new ideas and quality of life. ‘Sharp business’ emphasizes innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to do business swiftly. I am one of the Amsterdammers who were asked to embody the character of Amsterdam for this short film for the IAmsterdam campaign.
The Appsterdam Smart City Challenge in June of 2015 was 48 hours full of creativity, hacking and innovation. It was organised by Amsterdam Smart City, the innovation platform of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The goal was to turn urban challenges into opportunities that address the themes: Smart Energy, Smart Mobility and Smart Stadium. During this event, I was interviewed about the Smart City concept and how can it change the future of Amsterdam.
For my interview series ‘Short&Sweet’ from Milan Design Week I talked with designer Christien Meindertsma about her project and book ‘Bottom Ash Observatory’.
Christien Meindertsma: The material in waste is worth money, if you can separate it. That is the funny thing about waste: It’s not worth anything, unless you extract it and separate it. Therefore it’s also supposed to look like a rich material.
The 2015 Sikkensprijs was awarded to internationally acclaimed English architect David Chipperfield (1953). His spatial compositions achieve a delicate balance between color, materiality and texture. The jury wrote:
“Chipperfield bases his architecture on the understanding and interpretation of specific contexts. His pursuit of continuity is supported by a thoughtful use of color and materials.”
I had the pleasure to interview him at the award ceremony. You can watch the entire interview below.
Short&Sweet: een interview met Jolan van der Wiel en Marjan van Aubel, Energies Unseen, vanuit de Salone del Mobile 2015 in Milaan.
Jolan van der Wiel: We wanted to show the transport of energy from A to B. Normally you don´t have an emotional feeling on what´s going on with the light and its energy. By changing the sort of lightbulbs for our project, you can finally see what kind of energy it uses.