International design congres What Design Can Do is holding a Refugee Challenge this year. The refugee crisis is asking for new and innovative ideas. An incredible amount of 631 submissions from 69 countries are now eligible for review & nomination. I’m in the selection committee that will take on the massive task of establishing a shortlist that finally will be judged by the international jury on 29 June. Read the article…
Kenneth Cukier, the big data editor of The Economist, was invited by knowledge center BrabantKennis to give a lecture in the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch. I acted as moderator. In his book ‘Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think’ he and his co-author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger describe how big data is already changing everyday life.
On the 22nd of August, EYE Film Institute organized a special event dedicated to Woody Allen’s films in which The Big Apple plays a major role: Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days and Manhattan. I gave a short talk on the influence of New York on his work. This event was held in collaboration with the John Adam Institute. Read my introduction below
The Appsterdam Smart City Challenge in June of 2015 was 48 hours full of creativity, hacking and innovation. It was organised by Amsterdam Smart City, the innovation platform of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The goal was to turn urban challenges into opportunities that address the themes: Smart Energy, Smart Mobility and Smart Stadium. During this event, I was interviewed about the Smart City concept and how can it change the future of Amsterdam.
The 2015 Sikkensprijs was awarded to internationally acclaimed English architect David Chipperfield (1953). His spatial compositions achieve a delicate balance between color, materiality and texture. The jury wrote:
“Chipperfield bases his architecture on the understanding and interpretation of specific contexts. His pursuit of continuity is supported by a thoughtful use of color and materials.”
I had the pleasure to interview him at the award ceremony. You can watch the entire interview below.
Short&Sweet: een interview met Ben van Berkel, UNStudio for United Nude, vanuit de Salone del Mobile 2015 in Milaan.
Ben van Berkel: I got higly fascinated in the idea of designing a shoe that goes beyond the traditional image of a shoe. You can do so many new things with 3d-printing, also in fashion.