The city of tomorrow may be built on water

The city of tomorrow may be built on water

The New York Times quoted me when they recently published an article about architect Koen Olthuis this November. The reference derives from my article for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad from 2009 which is also recently translated.

The work of Dutch architect Koen Olthuis is still relevant because it is progressive and genuine at the same time. Olthuis envisions entire cities being built on water in the (near) future. ‘Save the world, build on water’ is Olthuis’ philosophy in a nutshell.

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The city of tomorrow may be built on water

The city of tomorrow may be built on water

The New York Times quoted me when they recently published an article about architect Koen Olthuis this November. The reference derives from my article for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad from 2009 which is also recently translated.

The work of Dutch architect Koen Olthuis is still relevant because it is progressive and genuine at the same time. Olthuis envisions entire cities being built on water in the (near) future. ‘Save the world, build on water’ is Olthuis’ philosophy in a nutshell.

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Maaskantprijs 2016: multimedia tour ‘Water’

Maaskantprijs 2016: multimedia tour ‘Water’

De omgang van de Nederlanders met ‘hun’ water is voor buitenlanders fascinerend – zelfs voor een buitenlander als ik die al meer dan dertig jaar in Nederland woont. Kijk en luister naar mijn multimediatour ‘Water’ waarin ik samen met watergezant Henk Ovink, boer Nol Hooijmaijers en Florian Boer van de Urbanisten de rol van water in Nederland bespreek.

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Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Water’

Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Water’

The relationship between the Netherlands and water is fascinating for foreigners – even for a foreigner like me who has been living in the Netherlands for more than thirty years. Watch and listen to my multimedia tour ‘Water’ in which I discuss the role of water in the Netherlands with water envoy  Henk Ovink, farmer Nol Hooijmaijers and Florian Boer of  De Urbanisten. 

All three multimedia tours that I created on the occasion of being awarded the Maaskant Prize 2016 can be seen on www.tracyinnederland.nl

Maaskant Award 2016: ‘Tracy in Nederland’

Maaskant Award 2016: ‘Tracy in Nederland’

On November 4th, 2016, I was awarded the Maaskantprijs 2016 by Mayor of Rotterdam Aboutaleb. This is a bi-annual prize for a person that stimulates the debate on architecture, landscape and urban design by publications, teaching or commissioning. That day I also launched the multimedia project ‘Tracy in Nederland‘ (Tracy in the Netherlands) that I developed with multimediaproducer Submarine, artist Jan Rothuizen and podcastmakers De Kostgangers. Part of the project is the essay The Dark Side of Urban Success designed by Hamid Sallali.

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Salty Water, Sweet City: my talk at What Design Can Do

Salty Water, Sweet City: my talk at What Design Can Do

In June 2016 I was keynote speaker at What Design Can Do. My lecture was called ‘Salty Water, Sweet City’.

What Design Can Do showcases design as a catalyst of change and renewal and promotes it as a way of addressing the societal questions of our time. The story is told through the annual conference in Amsterdam, additional conferences in other parts of the world, the worldwide What Design Can Do Challenge, as well as their own publications and the WDCD blog. This year I was also part of the selection committee for the Refugee Challenge

Watch the video of ‘Salty Water, Sweet City’ here:

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