Inaugural Speech at Amsterdam Academy of Architecture
In the summer of 2010 the city-centre of Amsterdam's famous canal district was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list. The United Nations’ organization praises the city as an ‘outstanding example of a built urban ensemble, civil engineering, town planning, construction and architectural know-how’. As an architect I should be thrilled with such high recognition of my professional field in my hometown, but I am not. ...
Article in Monu magazine #14
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