Christa van Vlodrop
editor in chief 11 Questions 2011

by Christa van Vlodrop

1. Background

Amsterdam. Classical languages, law, architecture, art.

2. Why are you fascinated with
architecture / urban development?

Raised in a Van Eesteren District: straightforward, green and water, charming bungalow architecture.

3. Best city

Dynamic, ambitious, energetic, unconventional, hard working, diversity of people: New York.

4. Most beautiful building

Private in the city: Curtain Wall House in Tokyo, designed by Shigeru Ban. Private commissioning and innovative. Public in the city: The Guggenheim Museum in New York designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Where are the Guggenheims of today?

5. Most beautiful park or square

Tenbosch park, green miracle in the heart of Ixelles, Brussels. Chic park with a reduced sports field. And it smells like flowers in the summer ... Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris. Chaos, but with 12 opportunities to escape this ...

6. Best public facility / urban infill

Boulevards of Valencia, Beirut or Tel Aviv, the Zurich banks of Lake Zurich. Cities by the sea or a lake that optimally exploit this convenient location. Best: Chicago on Lake Michigan: hustle and bustle, infinity of the lake.

7. Best 20th and 21st century innovations

The airplane. The ability to go where you have learned, heard, read and seen in photographs and movies. To be there is something else.

8. Next groundbreaking innovation

The house of the future: turning ideas into reality. More urgent: solution to the food inequality in the broadest sense.

9. About the future of cities

Cities have ups and downs, in the future it will be no different. But will the resident move along on this wave?

10. Personal contribution to urban development

Thinking, thinking along with, lateral thinking. Inventing and developing. Organizing, facilitating and connecting. Specifically: active in my own urban environment.

11. Guerrilla in the city?

Red, orange, green, shark teeth, zebra crossings. Does it matter?