Lou Fineberg of BP and I were introduced to one of the Dutch “leads” on this project late last year. The Dutch Consulate in NY finds that they cover a region that extends west almost to Chicago, but they spend most of their time in Boston, NYC and Philadelphia. Hey wanted to change that, so are working with the Cultural District on this Distinctively Dutch program of events.
When speaking with Arjen, he specifically noted that in days past, when people thought of the Netherlands they thought of wooden shoes and tulips. Today they think of wind turbines and bicyles. At the time that Lou and I met him, he said they were definitely trying to work something “bicycle related” into the program of events.
Maybe we need a wooden shoe ride a la the tweed ride?
Join us for a lecture by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel. Co-founder and principal architect of UNStudio, Van Berkel currently holds the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is Professor of Conceptual Design at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany. His work explores and reevaluates the architectural implications of knowledge, cultural and economic values, speed, and the future.