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.
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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 visited the brand new Circl Pavillion of the bank ABN Amro at the Zuidas Financial district in Amsterdam. Although …brand new…? Everything is made from used, recycled and upcycled materials, even jeans from the employees!
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!
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!