Contemporary Dutch Art
By Tracy Metz
Tracy Metz will give a free lecture on contemporary trends in
Dutch Design including graphic design, furniture and industrial
About Tracy Metz
Tracy Metz has been a journalist with the Dutch quality daily
newspaper NRC Handelsblad for twenty years, where she writes
about architecture, landscape and urban design. She is also
an international correspondent for Architectural Record and
a contributor to Metropolis, Domus and Graphis. In both Holland
and the US she lectures regularly on topical planning issues
ranging from leisure to water management.
In addition to her work as a journalist, Tracy has started moving
into the sphere of policy-making and research. She was recently
appointed a visiting scholar at the Netherlands Institute for
Spatial Research, where she will be writing a book on the revitalization
of downtowns in the U.S. and Europe. Recently she became a member
of the Council on Rural Affairs, an independent advisory council
to the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
She has worked closely with photographers on a number of books,
published by the Netherlands Architecture Institute, which have
made issues of planning and land use accessible to a broader
public. These were on subjects such as highways, manmade 'new
nature' and, most recently, the best-selling FUN! Leisure and
Landscape, which describes and analyzes the impact of leisure
on our use and our perception of our surroundings. Tracy acted
as curator to create exhibitions to accompany each of her books.
Her most recent exhibition, 'FUN!, †was held in Rem Koolhaas'
Kunsthal in Rotterdam.
As a Loeb Fellow, Tracy plans to spend her time replenishing
her knowledge of American planning practice and investigating
the changing nature of downtowns.