Amsterdam Worldwide First: A Cycling Mayor

Amsterdam Worldwide First: A Cycling Mayor

For Harvard Graduate School of Design I wrote a blog about the cycling mayor in Amsterdam. 

Urban cycling is all the rage in cities nowadays. For tourists it’s a fun way of seeing the city, for locals in cities that are not used to bikes it is a form of transport activism. In Amsterdam, it’s utilitarian; biking is simply the cheapest and quickest way to get around. Not in lycra, but in high heels or a business suit, or with groceries in front and a child in back.

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Bustling metropolises of Martin Roemers

Bustling metropolises of Martin Roemers

The movement of trains or a group of cars becomes a colored whoosh and people who sit or stand still for a few seconds longer then become the main characters of the story.

I interviewed the Dutch photographer Martin Roemers about his project which he started in 2007 and finished in 2015. He made a photoserie about street life in bustling metropolises that is now on display in Huis Marseille. This interview was for the blog of the Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.

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Atlas of Change

Atlas of Change

In the Netherlands, as in many other countries, urban and spatial planning often seem to consist of good intentions, policy initiatives, and blueprints, and not of material changes in the public’s way of life. When these kinds of ‘planning’ actually do come alive, when people find that something in their daily living environment has changed, they are not sure why. Seeking to shed some light on how spatial planning and daily life do intersect to a great degree, I present in collaboration with photographer Theo Baart and urban planner Tjerk Ruimschotel,  a portrait of the changing Netherlands.

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