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being a part of the solution

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During the times of government cuts – waiting, complaining and simply being frustrated and angry does not help. Civic proactivism is the new urban reality. Inhabitants of the Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam, took things into their own hands and placed two household plastic bins where municipal street bins used to stand (and were due to cuts taken away). These litter bins are used by people passing by, and are probably cleared by people who placed them there (I assume municipal street cleaners empty only the ‘official’ street bins). So cuts – no cuts, any problem can be simplified to address with a concrete, instant solution.

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Here we are again! Back in Amsterdam, doing the cute old stuff. Those of you who followed my micro farming adventures on our roof know that there has been some serious success concerning growing and subsequently consuming some nice veggies.

This year the experiment has been a bit on hold due to my 4 month stay in Vienna, but besides randomly finding beautiful, mature sweet carrots on the roof I seeded end of February (just before my departure), I have bought super bargain Dutch potatoes in the neighbourhood gardening shop Dubbel Groen which I seeded today (the late planting caused the ‘bargain’ 3 euro price).  Knowing that last year I took the risk of seeding potatoes end of July and having beautiful, rich crops end of October, I’m confident about the outcome and look forwad to the golden fruits in a couple of weeks!

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2012/03/31 mehr als popcorn und cola

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In today’s Die Presse, publicity on the EYE film institute netherlands, opening next week thursday. The photo is of a good quality and the article should be readable.

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2012/02/09 sneakpeak.eye

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Thursday afternoon, on February 9, I had the privilege to join a small walking tour in the yet unfinished, but in full speed built new film museum in Amsterdam. Even though rather raw in state, it’s probably my favorite contemporary building in the city.The architects not only managed to create an intriguing, eye catching architecture gracefully nesting on the shores of the IJ-river, but also utilize the lifeless waterside, unveiling Amsterdam North as an exciting, stubborn place to discover.

The EYE Film Institute Netherlands has been designed by the Viennese based office Delugan Meissl Associated Architects and will officially open its doors on April 5, 2012.

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WINTERTERM / finale!

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After a hectic morning and a relaxed afternoon, the winner of the Winter Term was announced yesterday evening. Both aldermen of Amsterdam and Almere, Maarten van Poelgeest and Adri Duivesteijn , had a very inspirational, but also -Dutch- pragmatic speech. The winning design could be characterized in the same spirit. Although our team didn’t win, we still believe in non-conventional, inclusive and playful public space design! Congratulation to the winners and all the students who worked on this competition for the last two weeks!


Arcam yesterday morning.

Finishing touch on our model.

Finishing touch on our model.

Finishing touches Friday morning.

Model waiting.

A metroline on IJmeer’s surface.

2nd price: Plug-In IJmeer.

IJmeer’s cablecar.

IJmeer’s (new, diverse) bottom.

A led-lighted underground metro line in IJmeer.

… and the winner!

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WINTERTERM / pt 2

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We are almost finished! During the last weekend and every evening of this week we were working out our proposal of a bridge/tunnel/something between IJburg and Almere (Pampus). The final result will be exhibited in Arcam (the Amsterdam Architecture Centre) from today (3 February 2012) 17:30 on till March 3, 2012. Everyone is welcome to come and have a look!

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WINTERTERM / pt 1

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As of Monday 23 January 2012, I’m in an all-ladies-team which is designing a bridge/tunnel/something between IJburg and Almere. The final result will be exhibited at ARCAM (the Amsterdam Architecture Centre) as of next week on Friday 3 February, opening with drinks at 5:15pm (you are all welcome to come!). All the works of the Academy of Architecture students will be there until March 3 2012, and will move to cASLa (Centre for Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in Almere) from March 16 – April 21, 2012.

Oh, and the title of this competition/assignment is ‘Draw the Line’.


Ton Schaap introducing the assinment on Monday 23 January 2012


Ton Schaap introducing the assinment on Monday 23 January 2012


Maurits de Hoog on IJmeer, Monday 23 January 2012


Inspiration materials


A lecture by Moshé Zwarts (ex Zwarts en Jansma), 23 January 2012


A lecture by Moshé Zwarts (ex Zwarts en Jansma), 23 January 2012


A lecture by Moshé Zwarts (ex Zwarts en Jansma), 23 January 2012


A lecture by Moshé Zwarts (ex Zwarts en Jansma), 23 January 2012


A lecture by Moshé Zwarts (ex Zwarts en Jansma), 23 January 2012


24 January 2012, 1st working evening of the Winterterm / anyone an idea?


24 January 2012, 2nd working evening of the Winterterm / anyone a concept?

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remaking of: presentations heliópolis

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Today Studio Heliópolis /8 Amsterdam Academy of Architecture students with our lovely and engaging tutor/ was filming for the first time, ever! With a kind help of our camerawoman Lisa, we presented our interventions in the favela we visited in September 2011 in front of a camera. The location was (despite some rough background noise from time to time) the awesome  NDSM-werf in Amsterdam and the weather was perfect! The video will be still edited in São Paulo, and shown during the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, opening on 19 April 2012. Lots of work to do, but very excited!

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i don’t know anything about cars or boats, but i love this one

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Last night I biked again along the Ij in Amsterdam. And it’s never that I cannot stop for a moment and enjoy the view on the Northern side of the waterfront. The Austrian office Delugan Meissl won the competition to build this Filmmuseum in 2005. The Filmmuseum should open its doors here in spring 2012. Will an enthusiastic spectator from afar get the thrills (and I’m not counting in the feelings from watching movies here) when inside?

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a vision of a good life

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Carolyn Steel (an architect from London well-known for her ‘Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives‘ book) came last night to the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture to talk about cities, looking through her food spectacles/glasses. An interesting and important topic, where poverty, obesity, food devaluation, ‘squeamishness‘, are tackled. Steel’s vision is to move towards a ‘sitopia’, a democratic, and maybe even self-sufficient model for feeding the world’s ever expanding urban areas.

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