To mark the publication of 'Paris-Amsterdam Underground' (AUP 2013) Prof. Dr. Ginette Verstraete participated at a roundtable discussion at Spui 25, Amsterdam, together with the experts in art, history, film and media Christoph Lindner, Carolyn Birdsall, Sudeep Dasgupta and Andrew Hussey. The participants debated the place of counter-culture in Paris and Amsterdam from the 1960s through the present era of global urbanism.
Shuttling between Paris and Amsterdam, as well as between post-war avant-gardism and twenty-first century global urbanism, the discussion explored how and why the underground has been a driving force in the making of the contemporary European city.
The construction of Dutch Design
Ozorio de Almeida Meroz, Joana & Rachel Griffin, ‘Open Design: A history of the construction of a Dutch idea’, The Journal of Design 15 (2012) 4, pp. 405-422.
"In a short period of time, open design went from an unknown notion to a buzzword in the Dutch design world. This development is usually attributed to the proliferation of bottom-up activities fostered by a typically open Dutch society. However, although open design is commonly associated with grassroots, bottom-up activities, in the Netherlands, the most visible effort at widespread dissemination of these ideals has been the result of a highly centralized effort largely supported by government funding. Why were the government and cultural organizations interested in fostering open design practices? And what type of open practices has this top-down model engendered? Advancing from a constructivist approach, we examine how this discourse has been formed by the convergence of actors with distinct agendas, and position it in relation to its cultural and economic contexts."