Dutch design is so good because it uses the environment to its advantage, and it considers space and construction in a very different manner from a country like the United States, which does not have a shortage of land. In addition, Dutch design is intelligent, and seeks to augment, not create something new.
In relation to what I read, this building seemed relevant enough. The Amsterdam Architecture Centre is built along the water, doesn’t take up much space, and utilizes modern design. The undulations of the non-glass exterior are reminiscent of the ever-present water flowing through Amsterdam. In addition, the exposed glass is nature conscious, the utilization of natural light is architecturally progressive.
For me it was very interesting to read in the Betsky how the different systems of government yielded different results for dam development. As time went on, the creation and administration of the dams changed with the government. It shifted from regional to more centralized government, and technology and economic growth also aided in the shift to a more centralized planning system.
It was also very interesting to read about how cities built on estuaries had once thrived, and since the shifts related to canals, railroads, and highways had taken hold, how things changed. Reading about this fall from dominance reminded me of the echoes heard this past election cycle related to rust belt states seeking to reclaim jobs lost to an inevitable wave (no pun intended).