By: Sungwoo(Scott) Cho
In False Flat: Why Dutch Design Is So Good the author Aaron Betsky explains that Dutch Architecture is so good because it takes into consideration the landscape of the Netherlands and the historic cities that were already built there. Cities like Amsterdam were originally built on a Swamp have to consider the landscape and the space that is available as a key element in architecture. Amsterdam is also a city with a very rich history and lots of historic buildings that need to be considered in architecture. Cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam blend both old and new very well and gives you the best of both worlds.
I agree with Aaron Betsky’s point that Dutch Architecture is so good because of the thought and imagination that goes into all of planning and development of Dutch cities. The Dutch used what little space they have in the best way possible. They were able to make significant urban developments and architectural advances without losing any of its history like many other nations and cities have. In cities like Amsterdam, it is possible to get the full experience of Europe. You can see urban buildings and a modern looking city on one side of Amsterdam and turn around to see a more traditional looking European city.
I can’t wait for the trip to Amsterdam and see all of the sights that Amsterdam has to offer. I am looking forward to going to the Rijksmuseum to look at all the art available and apply what we learn in the first week and I’m also looking forward to seeing the Anne Frank house and all of the history behind it. I would also like to see the MatchBox Building (pictured bellow) as it is a great example of modern architecture in a traditional city.