Aerial photo to the left, made 2006, shows KNSM island (in the foreground the round "Emerald Island" apartment building by master architect Jo Coenen). behind to the left is the Barcelona building by Bruno Albert and the Piraeus building by Kolhoff and Rapp. The Skydome by Wiel Arets to the right hand side. The next island, Java island is veering off to the right end. Amsterdam central railway station is seen on the top right hand side.
These architectural walks I do are well received by architects, school groups, builders, developers. December 2006 by Mr Jeff Caruso, an estate developer from Maryland, USA joined one of these tours. We went for a private car ride along the public housing developments set up during the last 30 years in Amsterdam, on Kadijk, Java, KNSM, and IJburg islands. Then as a topping on the cake we had a short Van Gogh and a Vermeer + Rembrandt tour.
Amsterdam architecture shows very good examples of contemporary port area renewal. Great attention is given to the master plan, which were developed by a master architect/philosopher. Then a number of independent architects assist in filling in the grid of the plan according to the given set of rules. As a reference manual I use an updated edition of the famous díAilly historical handbook during my Amsterdam walks.
As an art historian based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I can also meet you in Amsterdam for a personalized guided tour of art museums and the historic center. Together we will experience the beauty and history . Enjoy yourself and learn about history while strolling and discussing the country's history, art and culture. In doing so, we may touch many bases - spanning not only fine art and architecture but also the city's history and current social issues.
Generally for small groups of 1-4 persons in Amsterdam at 70 EUR per hour. Contact me for information on higher amounts with other venues and more people.
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