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?