In this episode I meet with urban geographer Cody Hochstenbach in April 2020 in Amsterdam East. We discuss his research into gentrification, the housing market, homelessness and what influence the pandemic will have on these fronts. And how is this one year later?
Early May 2020, Fenne Pinkster and I walk around Watergraafsmeer in Amsterdam East. Through Fenne’s eyes we see what she calls ‘everyday observations’ that inform us about how the city works and how people interact with each other – also in times of corona. What has changed when we look back one year later?
At the end of May 2020, just when the corona situation improved some, I walk through the city together with Jelke Bosma. He researches AirBnB and compares cities like Berlin, New York and Amsterdam. How should we look at our city now that it is unoccupied by tourists? We look at the role of AirBnB and how corona impacts this role. Less than a year later we look at how things are for the platform.
In April 2020 human geographer Justus Uitermark and I walk down Eerste Oosterparkstraat. We take ample time to observe what effects corona has on a street like this, but also talk about themes such as the use of public space, social media and the municipality’s and real estate owners’ responses to the crisis. Almost a year later we take time to reflect.
In this episode we take a walk in the Nieuwmarkt quarter with historian Tim Verlaan. I ask him whether we can draw a parallel between the urban crises that have emerged from the 60s onwards and the crisis we currently find ourselves in. How should we envision a city in decay and how does it impact our thinking? Almost a year later Tim and I reflect on what predictions have become reality.
In this episode we take a stroll through the Nieuwmarkt quarter with historian Janna Coomans. We speak with her about another pandemic, the plague, and its legacy to the city. What parallels can we draw between the plague and the current pandemic? Does it make sense to speak of a crisis at all? After a little under a year we reach out to Janna again to reflect on the past year.
How do cities like Amsterdam deal with climate change, the circular economy and a soaring housing shortage? According to CSDS scientists Dr Michaela Hordijk and Prof. John Grin, these major challenges require more collaboration and a different approach to conducting science. With the Koppelkansen programme, they try to realize and further develop this new approach. Also present: Maarten Claassen, the main driving force behind Koppelkansen. (This episode is in Dutch).
This episode is all about Amsterdam sounds and soundscapes. Is Amsterdam a loud city? Also, what does it mean to be a loud city? Is it all about the decibels, or are other factors also shaping whether or not an urban sound is heard as a pleasure or a nuisance? Listen to our conversation with urban sociologist Edda Bild and find out.