On June 30 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 our own publications and the WDCD blog.
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For the June edition of Architectural record I went to the new Generator Amsterdam. This mix of a hotel and a hostel is located on the edge of a park in the up-and-coming eastern part of town, this reflects the spread of tourism beyond the historic center – a trend that has been encouraged by the city, which has been greatly restricting hotel permits since the fall of 2013.
With its surprising combination of old and new architecture, bursts of local art and design, and a clever hotel formula that attracts a wide-ranging crowd. Generator has brought a new kind of flair to Amsterdam’s flourishing tourism scene.
On the 5th of July World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim delivered a highly inspiring and activating first Joep Lange Institute lecture about tackling the global health challenges of our time. After referencing the feats of activists like Joep Lange, Kim deliberately focused his attention on the activists of the future, confronting the audience with the ‘fierce urgency of now.’ I was given the honour to both interview Dr. Jim Yong Kim and host the event.
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The Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2016. HEYU! Urbans is part of a talkshow series of the Public Library of Amsterdam (OBA). The OBA asked me to invite and discuss the urban challenges of today with six prominent thinkers, one a month from six cities in and around the EU in the live talkshow HEYU! Urbans. Literature critic Margot Dijkgraaf invites 12 of the best European writers for HEYU! Writers. Guests include David Madden (London), Stavros Stavrides (Athens), Marten Kaevats (Tallinn), Francesc Muñoz Ramírez (Barcelona), Tuna Kuyucu (Istanbul) and the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan.