I finally got around to creating a rough draft of an idea that has been rolling around in my head for several years. Ever since I moved to Europe I fell in love with an architectural artifact and archetype that is not found anywhere in the U.S.- the city gate. These used to be the thresholds of fortified cities, but as the cities grew and evolved they became absorbed in the urban fabric. The most ovbious examples are found at public squares or in the middle of busy intersections, as large imposing moments. However, many times they were simply built around without monumental status, and now occupy a space in between organized construction.
I like to re-imagine these structures as, not a way to control the flow of entry and exit, but rather a mechanism to connect different parts of a city. By placing the gates across the city in various locations it encourages visitation and activities in areas of the city which one might otherwise ignore. In this way it also presents a new way to navigate and locate oneself within the cityscape, engaging with the public overtly at first, but overtime becoming a sublime marker on our internal compass.
In terms of the style, it is to be determined by each city, reflecting the character of its communities and future ambitions of its people. For some cities, a unified classic aesthetic may be the appropriate choice. For others, a more modern glass-and-steel or 3D printed construction could represent the future forward outlook of the residents. Or perhaps a various mix of styles to visualize the vibe of distinct neighborhoods.
Additionally, the usage of these structures is open to interpretation. Think of them hosts of the city spirit. For example, the mayor might give public addresses at the East Gate. Or the West Gate might host a pop up art gallery. The marathon might end under the North Gate. And the Central Gate might house an observation deck. I can even imagine a dedicated festival called Gathering at the Gates.
The possibilities are quite unlimited.
A dump of old ideas that I never really published anywhere. Forgive the various formats, some of the images are super old.
This is a bit of mash-up I pieced together from two different recipes, inspired by the Moroccan and Turkish neighborhood of Amsterdam in which I live (Indischebuurt). The dry rub I took from ingredients for a Moroccan Lentil Soup (modified for dry rub) and the glaze is borrowed from a roasted carrot recipe. And if you want to really round out the North African inspired BBQ, try pairing it with this delicious carrot and chickpea salad.
One of the biggest differences between living in New York and living in Amsterdam is the amount of time I spend outside on a bike. Whenever we make plans to go somewhere, our first thought is to check the weather to make sure we can take our bikes. Quite a stark contrast to taking the subway or car everywhere. So I thought I'd give everyone a glimpse of what the daily commute is like in the old city of Amsterdam. Enjoy.
And in the fashion of my previous posts, here's some bonus footage of crazy Russian commuters. Makes Amsterdam look tame.
Every day, two or three times a day, this church across the canal from our apartment rings it's bells. Aside from the fact that its quite loud, we really wouldn't pay it much mind except that the bells are completely unsynchronized. And sometimes they go on for 10 minutes or more. The clip below is the abbreviated version of only about 3 minutes long. If you don't have your alarm set, this guy will make sure you're awake.
It kind of reminds me of another alarm clock that you didn't ask for.
Anyone that's into design or bicycling (or like me, both) has to check out this year's entries in the Oregon Manifesto. The projects are so inspiring, I felt I had to repost it. Thoughtful and surprising.
If you're familiar with design studios, you know these are some of the best in the country.
Seattle - Teague *winner*
Chicago - Minimal
NYC - Pensa
San Fran - Huge
Portland - Industry
Enjoy some brain candy.
This post is a bit late, considering I really moved here back at the very end of January. But hey, better late than never.
Just discovered two things:
1) I live directly on a Unesco World Heritage site (17th century canal rings)
2) There are more than 300 festivals every summer in Amsterdam!
3) And I present to you bonus footage for reading the entire post. The boat chase scene from the movie Amsterdamned (1988). Must watch.
The yet unreleased Illy Kiss home system.
The ultimate espresso machine gives the user ultimate control.
Also comes with the ultimate price tag.
Seppl, by Arvid Hausser
Espresso machine deconstructed
Svart Precision, by Wilfa
designed by Designit
The Steampunk, by Alphadominche