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 Spraakmakers. 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.
Water Index: Design Strategies for Drought, Flooding and Contamination

Water Index: Design Strategies for Drought, Flooding and Contamination

In the wake of an escalating global crisis with water, ‘Water Index: Design Strategies for Drought, Flooding and Contamination’ (2017) is a critical inventory and analysis of innovative architecture, landscape architecture and design solutions to address the rising, disappearing, and contamination of water. The book works to create an enduring manual and manifesto for water development and design in the twenty-first century and to acknowledge crisis-initiated design as an important trajectory for architectural discourse. The chapter ‘Catastrophe’ is taken from my book ‘Sweet and Salt: water and the Dutch’. You can read the chapter here.

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Hong Kong’s hidden life

Hong Kong’s hidden life

Hong Kong: that is the world’s most densely populated city, an island of glistening skyscrapers, fashion and fast money, the most expensive real estate in the world against a backdrop of rugged mountains. Right? But the city also has a hidden life, on high and down below. Two fascinating books – as well as the ‘Homes for All’ video that Max Hirsh and Xiaoxuan Lu made for the digital magazine of my talkshow Stadsleven – shine a stark light on Hong Kong’s housing dilemma’s.

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All | Upcoming

Jul 2018

05/07/2018 – Moderator NRC Live: Energietransitie in de stad

Sep 2018

27/09/2018 – Stadsleven

Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Water’

Maaskant Prize 2016: multimedia tour ‘Water’

The relationship between the Netherlands and water is fascinating for foreigners – even for a foreigner like me who has been living in the Netherlands for more than thirty years. Watch and listen to my multimedia tour ‘Water’ in which I discuss the role of water in the Netherlands with water envoy  Henk Ovink, farmer Nol Hooijmaijers and Florian Boer of  De Urbanisten. 

All three multimedia tours that I created on the occasion of being awarded the Maaskant Prize 2016 can be seen on www.tracyinnederland.nl