Gasholder at Culture Park Wester gasfabriek Amsterdam

The first time I entered the Gasholder of Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek must have been around 1990. I had just started to work for the Amsterdam district council of Westerpark and was appointed as manager for public space. One of my projects was going to be the remediation of this former gas factory. Gas production had stopped… Read More

Failed cities

Cities are more important than states. My local newspaper “De Volkskrant”  wrote earlier this week about a visit of our Amsterdam mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, to New York and San Francisco. They said he talked there with Benjamin Braber, author of the book “If mayors ruled the world”. And, as I expected, he did not agree.… Read More

Moscow – What happened with the cathedral

The monument and IKEA The city of Moscow never interested me much. But when I went back to Moscow early November 2012 it was my fifth visit that year. Arriving in Moscow is mostly by night. When I take the evening plane it lands more than three hours later on Sheremetyevo where local time is… Read More