Parties, exhibitions and sneak peeks this week. Sunday, I went to a beautiful exhibition of Sarah van Sonsbeeck about refugees in the old church of Amsterdam. I had a surprise party of my friend Leon Ramakers with a speech of comedian Freek de Jonge. On Tuesday, Mohsin Hamid gave a lecture at the John Adams Institute. Journalist Mirjam de Rijk gave us a preview of what she will discuss during the Stadsleven live talkshow ‘Wij Willen Wonen’ about the housing market. Later this week, Art Chapel curator Maarten Bertheux gave me a tour of this great exhibition space. I celebrated with Wouter Veldhuis that his firm MUST, an urbanism studio, exists already 20 years. And I finally got to see the exhibition of designer Maarten Baas in the Groninger Museum.
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!
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!
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.
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…
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!