TRACY•TV #22 – Barcelona – Hospital Sant Pau, Casa del Punxes, Catalan Independence

TRACY•TV #22 – Barcelona – Hospital Sant Pau, Casa del Punxes, Catalan Independence

Again, a week full discoveries in Barcelona. I couldn’t believe I have never been to Hospital Sant Pau before, an amazing art nouveau building in the middle of the city. Also another ‘modernismo’ building opened up its doors to the public: Casa del Punxes which I can see from my apartment and now I got a chance to get a look inside. In Alella, a small town near Barcelona where we celebrated the grape harvest, we saw a glimpse of the huge impact of the upcoming referendum about Catalan Independence: Keep calm and speak Catalan!

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TRACY•TV #21 – Ramblas Barcelona, Circl Pavillion, Zhao Renhui

TRACY•TV #21 – Ramblas Barcelona, Circl Pavillion, Zhao Renhui

Barcelona proves resilient after the terrorist attack on the Ramblas 2 weeks ago. There’s still much grief, but luckily life went also on. Still, impressive to see. I am not only eating delicious calamari here, but also working, on an interview with zoologist artist Zhao Renhui and my weekly radio column, this time on the Afsluitdijk. Also, I saw this week the brandnew Circl Pavillion of ABN Amro at the Zuidas in Amsterdam. Although…brandnew…? Everything is made from used materials, even jeans from the employees!

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TRACY•TV #20 – Canal Festival, Amsterdam Art Prize and Marker Wadden

TRACY•TV #20 – Canal Festival, Amsterdam Art Prize and Marker Wadden

Busy week again! I take you with me to the Canal Festival of which we hosted a saxophone concert in our StadsSalon, and the award ceremony of the Amsterdam Art Prize. Also I visited Sportcomplex Mercator for a story on green façades, the Singer Laren for an interview with Oscar Vos of KRFT and in the weekend I travelled with the Amsterdam Architecture Academy to the Marker Wadden to amaze myself about this man-made nature.

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TRACY•TV #19 – Carel Willink, my start in journalism and Singapore

TRACY•TV #19 – Carel Willink, my start in journalism and Singapore

This week I take you with me when I visited the MuseumMore exhibition which featured art of Carel Willink. Later this week I travelled from the beautiful Dutch skies of Willink to Singapore, where I was keynote speaker at the DRIA congress on water resilience. Furthermore, Mieke Dings showed me the National Museum in Singapore, and I interviewed architect Richard Hassell on vertical gardens. And in my weekly radio column I tell you about my very exciting start of my carreer in journalism…

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TRACY•TV #18 – ‘Living streets’, squatters and the Canal Festival

TRACY•TV #18 – ‘Living streets’, squatters and the Canal Festival

Citydwellers are reclaiming the streets! See the ‘leefstraten’, the ‘living streets’, like the Kersstraat in Utrecht, where for a few weeks the neighborhood uses the space normally reserved for cars. And in the New Institute, curator René Boer reflects on how decades of squatting have impacted the city of today. And meanwhile there is music on the canals of Amsterdam, thanks to the Canal Festival! Read the article…

TRACY•TV #17 – Glasgow’s son Mackintosh and home to Gay Pride

TRACY•TV #17 – Glasgow’s son Mackintosh and home to Gay Pride

From Isle of Skye through the Highlands and on to Glasgow. The city has it all: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the most impressive street art mural I have ever seen, a piano bar in a horse trailer and lots of tipsy women with too short skirts and too high heels. Then back home to the wedding of my dear stepson Bouke and his wife Daniëlle and the craziness of the Gay Parade!

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