This is the website of Tracy Metz, journalist and author about urban issues. She writes for NRC, De Groene Amsterdammer and Architectural Record and is a correspondent for the Radio1 talkshow De Ochtend. Tracy is director of the John Adams Institute, the center of American culture in the Netherlands and has her own live talkshow Stadsleven, about living in cities.
Nextdoor: digital platform for neighborhoods – Interview with co-founder Sarah Leary

Nextdoor: digital platform for neighborhoods – Interview with co-founder Sarah Leary

Nextdoor is a free private social network for neighborhood communities. It launched in 2011 in the US and at the beginning of 2016 in the Netherlands, its first European rollout. It has become quite popular: in the US 75 percent of all households use it, and in the Netherlands over a third of the neighborhoods have adopted it in just the past year and a half. In the UK, where the app was launched last September, it now represents 44% of the country’s neighborhoods, and release in France and Germany is pending. “It took us four years to attain the growth in the US that we have already experienced here in the Netherlands,” says co-founder Sarah Leary. “The Dutch love smartphones and are early adopters of social networking services.” 

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Ruins of a perfect world

Ruins of a perfect world

I first saw work by the French-Luxemburg artist duo Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil two years ago at Galerie Fontana. It was the exhibion ‘Un monde parfait – In dust suspended’. I wrote an article for NRC about the way they use their sculptures to come to grips with the desolation of the modern utopia that was realized in concrete on the edges of Paris – as in many other cities.

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Weekvlog 15: Scottish design and skinny dipping

Weekvlog 15: Scottish design and skinny dipping

This week I fed my interest in polar exploration by visiting ‘The Discovery’ the ship of Robert Scott, who went on an unfortunate polar expedition to the Antartic. Also, I got a peek into the V&A Dundee, the very first museum for Scottish design and in the studio of the fashion designer Katie Gibson of Gibson & Birckbeck. I talked to Neil Scott of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise about communitybuilding in rural Scotland and discovered that Scotland has actually many windfarms. And yes, we went skinny dipping in our hottub in our Airbnb garden.

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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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