I write professionally about spatial planning, landscape, urbanism, spatial history and Amsterdam, without shying away from other subjects. In each field that I venture I remain a generalist, looking sideways with one eye and searching for ways to connect to other disciplines. I alternatively write for professional readers and a wider public, alone or cooperating with others, as an author or editor. Though most of my work is in Dutch, some of it has been published in an English or bilingual edition.
A Millennium of Amsterdam, my introduction to the spatial history of Amsterdam, was published in 2012, along with the Dutch edition, 1000 jaar Amsterdam. My publications on the history of Amsterdam since then include Recreating Amsterdam (2016), De Dam (on Dam Square, Dutch only, 2018), and Bike City Amsterdam (2019). Other works include Room for the River (2017), as well as a series of Dutch language publications, such as Het volgende landschap (‘The Next Landscape’) discussing the huge transitionary issues awaiting the Dutch landscape in the next decades (2018).
I am working on a number of new books due to appear in the next years, including Het spoor om de stad (‘The Track Around the City’), reconstructing the crucial 1860-1870 era in the Amsterdam railway and urban development history.
I was born in the city of Groningen, in 1957, grew up in the northern part of the Netherlands and in Adelaide, Australia. I studied at the School of Journalism in Utrecht. I live and work in Amsterdam.
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