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About a hundred houses float on a lake in the Amsterdam neighbourhood of Ijburg --a testament to how the Dutch are trying to turn their traditional enemy, water, into an ally against overcrowding.
"There is a lot of water in the Netherlands, it is used for navigation and recreation. We want to see if it can also be inhabited," Ton van Namen, director of real estate company Monteflore, told AFP.
Monteflore built more than half the floating homes off the western shore of the Ijmeer lake, a dozen kilometres from the Amsterdam city centre.
The homes are cubic, with walls of plastic and untreated wood in neutral colours, built entirely with non-polluting materials. They take a few months to construct.
The first inhabitants of Ijburg's floating houses arrived in 2008.
"We are in the experimental phase, but this may be the beginning of the solution to residential overcrowding," said Igor Roovers, director of a grouping created by the Amsterdam city council to manage the Ijburg development -- the biggest of its kind in Europe.
The Netherlands, with 16.5 million inhabitants, is the second most densely populated country in Europe with 400 people per square kilometre (0.4 square mile).
Roovers believes floating homes may also provide the solution to another growing problem: the risk of residential flooding from rising sea levels caused by global warming.
Nine million people in the Netherlands live in inland areas directly sheltered from the sea and rivers by dykes and dunes, and 65 percent of the national production capacity lies in flood-prone areas.
The Ijburg houses rest on floating, concrete bases fixed to two solidly planted pillars to keep them stable, all the while allowing them to adjust to the water level.
They are linked to dry land by wharfs, through which they receive gas, electricity and running water.
"To live in this house gives me a sense of freedom. I have the feeling of being permanently on holiday," 43-year-old pilot Rik Uijlenhoet said of his 175 square-metre (218 square-yard) dwelling, its large windows looking out on a vast expanse of greyish lake water.
-- 'The water is my garden' --About a hundred houses float on a lake in the Amsterdam neighbourhood of Ijburg --a... more
Here's a list compiled by TripAdvisor members and editors of the worst cities in the world for pickpockets.
Rather unsurprisingly Barcelona is ranked as numero uno. Yet, at the same time, this seems harsh... if you avoid La Ramblas (and really, it ain't all that great) you'll probably be fine!
Amsterdam, Paris and Rome are the other European cities to also head the list.Here's a list compiled by TripAdvisor members and editors of the worst cities in... more
The Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, which preserves the memory of the young diarist who died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, posted the only known film footage of Anne Frank on a new YouTube channel launched last week.The Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, which preserves the memory of the young diarist... more
Building a breakfast machine is the ultimate in sentimental satisfaction, and it's a project that Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki has created a concpet for.
Inspired by movies such as Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure and Flubber, Suzuki aims to build a fully functional breakfast machine, which will provide visitors of the Dutch Design Double Events with breakfast on the 25 and 26 of September.
Yuri Suzuki has already begun building the machine at the Platform21 gallery in Amsterdam -- one of the many events of the Ductch Design Double Events -- but will give visitors the opportunity to help complete the design from 16-24 September.Building a breakfast machine is the ultimate in sentimental satisfaction, and... more
If you love weed, odds are you've fantasized about moving to Amsterdam and working at a coffeeshop. Well this Spring, HIGH TIMES Senior Editor Bobby Black got to live out that fantasy when he spent a week working at two of Holland's coolest smoke spots—Amnesia and Barney's. In this unprecedented exposé, he'll take you behind the smoke and mirrors to reveal first-hand what it’s really like to work in a Dutch coffeeshop.If you love weed, odds are you've fantasized about moving to Amsterdam and... more
After the first response against O'reilly, he used our video in his show to tell more lies about Amsterdam. Once again, we show the facts and the truth. Follow and share in the discussion on www.truthaboutamsterdam.comAfter the first response against O'reilly, he used our video in his show to tell... more
http://wwwtriponadeal.com This week we offer some hints for the half million people heading to Tampa Bay for the Superbowl. Plus, we answer the question: Will the Statue of Liberty's crown reopen to tourists? Also, how to live like a local. And more!http://wwwtriponadeal.com This week we offer some hints for the half million people... more
It’s got trenchant insights into art and identity, and you can dance to it.
It’s a grand irony that you can live in New York, one of the greatest theater cities in the world, and not be able to swing the cost of tickets without taking out a second mortgage on your apartment. I’d heard the critics falling all over themselves in praise of Passing Strange — a hard-driving mix of rock concert and musical co-created by singer/songwriter Stew, his creative partner Heidi Rodewald, and director Annie Dorsen that tracks the semi-autobiographical story of a young, African-American man as he grows as both artist and human — and was forced to say to myself, “Sounds pretty cool. Too bad I’ll never get to see it.”
Fortunately, Spike Lee was a long-time fan of the show, and more than willing to commit the final performances to film. The result manages to convey what everyone was raving about, with an intimacy rare to see in stage-to-film productions. Even better, it’s available at a price that those of us with more constrained means can handle. (That eight dollar box of Junior Mints, however, is another issue.)
I got a chance to sit down with both Spike and Stew and, in a more informal than usual conversation, we discussed Spike’s motivation for taking on the show, the occasional bumps that occur when heavily invested creators turn their project over to an equally inspired filmmaker, and whether the sound of voices lifted in song will be heard in future Spike Lee joints.
Click the link above to hear the interview.It’s got trenchant insights into art and identity, and you can dance to it.... more
Most people know that the Fox channel isn't the most objective news source on American TV. But in a pretty recent broadcast Amsterdam is so falsely portrayed as a city of crime, drugs and anarchy, that I had to show the facts.Most people know that the Fox channel isn't the most objective news source on... more
Doutzen Kroes Rocks the Runway… at the Bjorn Borg Fashion Show in Amsterdam, Netherlands.Doutzen is the pride and joy of Holland and showed to the world once again why she’s one of the most desirable model in the Fashion World.She looks fabulous!Doutzen Kroes Rocks the Runway… at the Bjorn Borg Fashion Show in Amsterdam,... more
The so-called ‘Smart tossing’ takes place mainly during the weekend, when many youths are out for a night on the town.
According to locally-published newspaper De Telegraaf police has not wanted to publicize this form of vandalism for fear of copy-cat incidents. However, police officers are paying extra attention to Amsterdam’s canals, especially during the weekends.
The Smart cars are small enough to be parked with head or tail pointing to the water.
In recent years vandals have also targeted other small vehicles, including scootmobiles and tiny cars from the Canta brand — both used primarily by people with handicaps and limited mobility.
In an urban version of cow tipping, yobs apparently derive fun from tipping over these types of vehicles.The so-called ‘Smart tossing’ takes place mainly during the weekend, when... more
My opinion: I’m no expert on the crime issues raised here, but I’ve been to Amsterdam I have to say it’s a wonderful place to visit, and I felt remarkably safe and the residents seemed happy and friendly.My opinion: I’m no expert on the crime issues raised here, but I’ve been... more
Should Bill O’Reilly, the conservative US talk show host, ever find himself out of a job, perhaps Amsterdam might take him on as their tourism spokesman?
If I ever met Bill O’Reilly, I’d like to ask him about his travels.
His observations about the world just seem so astute.
He just discovered, apparently, that Amsterdam has long taken a liberal stance on drug use and prostitution.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t based any of his analysis about that stance on facts.
But a viewer from Amsterdam decided to set the record straight in this video:Should Bill O’Reilly, the conservative US talk show host, ever find himself out... more
The Killing Fields of Amsterdam (trailer)
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Polytox Entertainment: http://www.youtube.com/user/polytoxentertainmentThe Killing Fields of Amsterdam (trailer) BINNENKORT VERKRIJGBAAR! COMING SOON!... more
Located in between Damrak and the Red Light district, this coffeeshop wears multiple hats- it’s a bar, restaurant, and coffee shop. Head downstairs for the coffee shop.
They’ve created a separate smoking area down here so you can light up anything smokable. Tables are lined together in close quarters, making it easy to meet people. TVs run in the background and music plays over the speakers. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the weed is reasonably priced.
More goodies at the link . . .The Grasshopper Located in between Damrak and the Red Light district, this... more