Recently I interviewed the America journalist and writer, Russell Shorto, my predecessor as director of the John Adams Institute, the independent center for American culture in the Netherlands. We talk about Trump and the meaning of his victory for the United States and his relation to the world.
On 27 January, the Asser Institute hosted the conference “Trump’s World – The Trump Administration and International law”. Its aim was to discuss the foreign policy options available to the new Trump Administration and to evaluate the potential consequences of President Trump’s positions for the international order at large. I moderated this conference.
4 November, I was award the Maaskantprijs 2016 by mayor Aboutaleb. This is a biennial 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 ‘Vlucht naar Voren‘ (A Flight Forward), designed by Hamid Sallali.
Look closely at the photo below: on the far right you can just barely discern a human figure. That gives you an idea how big the new building for the Estonian National Museum is in the city of Tartu, which opened to the public last week. It’s huge: 356 meters long, 72 meters wide, and 15 meters high at the front, sloping down gradually to just over 2 at the back. One of the world’s smallest countries now has one of the world’s biggest museums, at a cost of 75 million euro’s. The only bigger cultural building in the country is the Linnahall, built by the Soviets on the occasion of the 1980 Olympic Games.