In recent years, creative city policy has increasingly come under attack. The field of creativity policy has brought into existence it’s own academic subdiscipline of creativity studies. At the same time, an entire substratum of […]
Flexibiliteit is het toverwoord van deze tijd
Geschreven voor Waterland, in 2006 ergens (de tijd dat flex nog acceptabele straattaal was), met Thijs Vissia. Het staat te lezen in beleidsdocumenten, in managementliteratuur, in etalages van uitzendbureaus: “Ben jij flexibel inzetbaar? Is het […]
Aldo van Eyck and the City as Playground
In 1947, the architect Aldo van Eyck built his first playground in Amsterdam, on the Bertelmanplein. Many hundreds more followed, in a spatial experiment that has (positively) marked the childhood of an entire generation. Though largely disappeared, defunct and forgotten today, these playgrounds represent one of the most emblematic of architectural interventions in a pivotal time: the shift from the top down organization of space by modernist functionalist architects, towards a bottom-up architecture that literally aimed to give space to the imagination.