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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Tackle floods? Singapore update on water

Tackle floods? Singapore update on water

The Straits Times van Singapore schreef een artikel genaamd ‘Tackle floods? Create more space for water’ over mijn lezing. Deze gaf ik op 18 februari getiteld ‘Water – Holland’s ‘Frenemy’ voor het Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore. 

Nederland staat bekend om zijn beheersing van het water. Maar nu het klimaat verandert, verandert ook de Nederlandse benadering van het water management. In steden wordt meer ruimte voor water gemaakt, het landschap wordt opnieuw ontworpen om het water binnen te laten en soms worden zelfs dijken verlaagd. Het water is van enemy nu friend geworden – of beter gezegd, frenemy. Read the article…

Tackle floods? Singapore update on water

Tackle floods? Singapore update on water

The Straits Times of Singapore wrote an article about my lecture with the title ‘Tackle floods? Create more space for water’. I gave this lecture, called ‘Water – Holland’s ‘Frenemy’, on February 18th, 2016 for the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore. 

The Netherlands is known for its control over water. But now that the climate is changing, the Dutch are also changing their approach towards water management. In cities more space is being created for water, the landscape is being redesigned to let water in and sometimes the dikes are even being lowered. Water is becoming a friend instead of an enemy – or better said, frenemy.
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