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Share the Vibe: Niels Groenendijk

“A city with the ambiance of a village.” Commonly said about Eindhoven. But Niels Groenendijk shows the urban side of the city. This week his Share the Vibe was published. Share the Vibe – Niels Groenendijk Eindhoven365 His video is based on a postcard. “I recently saw a postcard of Eindhoven in a bookstore with an image that did not accurately represent the city at all.” According to Groenendijk it didn’t show Eindhoven’s futuristic side enough. “If you look closely, you can see many of these futuristic shapes in the city. My aim is to reveal these things.” That’s why the 36,5 seconds long video, shows several characteristic shots of the city. Besides that Groenendijk got his inspiration from shots out of science fiction movies such as Total Recall. In this Share the Vibe a person walks through Eindhoven during the night, carrying the logo of Eindhoven under his arm. Groenendijk made this out of Perspex with a grid where he put LED lights in. Timmy Vanilli is the actor, and also helped with editing the video. The soundscape is made by SHANDY BEATS. Groenendijk often worked together with these two parties. “Our tribute to the city is to show its futuristic aspects. Eindhoven as the new kind of Dubai.” Groenendijk was born in Germany, but grew up in Arnhem to move to Eindhoven later on. “Eindhoven is a...

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Expat Top 10: Colin Burke

For the second time, E52 organises the annual Expat Top-10. There are a lot of internationals in Eindhoven who have done a great job for the city, and by this, we put a spotlight on them. This year’s theme of the Top-10 is ‘Sport & Leisure’. Every day we present you an interview with one of the winners. In this interview, you can read about how they ended up in Eindhoven, how they put an effort in the city and how they look at the Eindhoven with their international perspective. Today: Colin Burke Colin Burke Born in 1985 From Dublin, Ireland In Eindhoven since 2011 #1 on bucket list: “Skydiving, the adrenaline makes me feel alive” He moved all over the world to travel, work and reflect on his life. Colin Burke left Ireland as an engineer, had all sorts of jobs, and eventually arrived in the Netherlands as an engineer again. Now he started his own enterprise where he wants to bring business and pleasure more together. He helps expats to feel more at home here. Besides that he founded Eindhoven’s touch rugby team. “I only went to Amsterdam once, as a kid. I remember because my parents argued about whether they should show me the red light district or not” It was a matter of coincidence that Burke moved to Eindhoven. “In 2006 I left Ireland as...

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Expat Top 10: Charles Esche

For the second time, E52 organises the annual Expat Top-10. There are a lot of internationals in Eindhoven who have done a great job for the city, and by this, we put a spotlight on them. This year’s theme of the Top-10 is ‘Sport & Leisure’. Every day we present you an interview with one of the winners. In this interview, you can read about how they ended up in Eindhoven, how they put an effort in the city and how they look at the Eindhoven with their international perspective. Today: Charles Esche. Charles Esche Born in 1964 From Harrogate, England In Eindhoven since 2004 #1 on bucket list: “To write a book about the possibilities of art in society” Charles Esche is director of the Van Abbemuseum, but actually he’s not that often in Eindhoven. He travels all around the globe for his work in the art world. He’s abroad to discuss with colleagues, to collaborate with institutions or to network with artists. For him, it’s a lot about philosophy. To understand a society he has to be there and get to know it. Through artists he can learn about society.   “I moved to Eindhoven for my job” “I started with medieval studies. It was a broad study about everything from the middle ages. I liked that I could put together my own study, as long as...

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Expat Top 10: Eveline Wu

For the second time, E52 organises the annual Expat Top-10. There are a lot of internationals in Eindhoven who have done a great job for the city, and by this, we put a spotlight on them. This year’s theme of the Top-10 is ‘Sport & Leisure’. Every day we present you an interview with one of the winners. In this interview, you can read about how they ended up in Eindhoven, how they put an effort in the city and how they look at the Eindhoven with their international perspective. Today: Eveline Wu. Eveline Wu Born in 1977 From Qingtian, China In Eindhoven since 2006 #1 on bucket list: “to work for Sergio Herman or Andre Chiang” She’s the owner of four restaurants in Eindhoven: MOOD, Soho, kreeftenbar and wynwood. Besides that, she won the first prize in the ‘World Championship of Chinese Cuisine’. Eveline Wu knows everything of the Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese kitchen and more. With her booming career she would like to be an example for housewives and give other people an opportunity to grow as well.   “First I wanted to stay in China, but not anymore” When her father went to the Netherlands, it was a logical step that the family moved with him. “I grew up nearby Shanghai. When I was fifteen my dad got a job in the Netherlands, so the whole...

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Expat Top 10: Milagros Maldonado

For the second time, E52 organises the annual Expat Top-10. There are a lot of internationals in Eindhoven who have done a great job for the city, and by this, we put a spotlight on them. This year’s theme of the Top-10 is ‘Sport & Leisure’. Every day we present you an interview with one of the winners. In this interview, you can read about how they ended up in Eindhoven, how they put an effort in the city and how they look at the Eindhoven with their international perspective. Today: Milagros Maldonado. Milagros Maldonado Born in 1946 From Caracas, Venezuela In Eindhoven since 1980 #1 on bucket list: “to let my close family come over to Eindhoven all together” All the way from Venezuela Milagros Maldonado found her way to Eindhoven. In 2000 she founded C.L.O., Centro Latinoamericano de Orientación. An organisation which organises activities and gives information to help with the integration of Latin-American inhabitants of the Netherlands. In 2015 Maldonado even got a royal award for her work.   “It wasn’t decided like that, I had my job, my children, my connections, my everything there” In Venezuela, Maldonado was a sociologist. “I actually had a pretty high job. I was the general director of urban planning in urban development. Once I had to go to Scotland for a congress about new towns. I went there as...

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Expat Top 10: Stefan Pfundtner

For the second time, E52 organises the annual Expat Top-10. There are a lot of internationals in Eindhoven who have done a great job for the city, and by this, we put a spotlight on them. This year’s theme of the Top-10 is ‘Sport & Leisure’. Every day we present you an interview with one of the winners. In this interview, you can read about how they ended up in Eindhoven, how they put an effort in the city and how they look at the Eindhoven with their international perspective. Today: Stefan Pfundtner. Stefan Pfundtner Born in 1981 From Vienna, Austria In Eindhoven since 2004 #1 on bucket list: “be active in Eindhoven’s politics… or open up a food truck” A foodie, he calls himself. Stefan Pfundtner helped setting up the community garden at High Tech Campus and he’s active for several initiatives and events in his neighbourhood. Wether it’s about a pizza oven, a kitchen garden or a cooking workshop. It’s most of the time about food, sustainability and socialising. “I stayed for nine months, nine became twelve and so on” With a diploma from a Spanish language course, Pfundtner chose to go to the Netherlands. “In Vienna I studied electronics. One of my professors had connections with Eindhoven. Actually I wanted to go to Spain but I went to the Netherlands. But now I have a Spanish...

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TU/e makes bridge of 3D printed reinforced concrete

With 3D printing, we often think about plastic. However, at the Technical University of Eindhoven, a huge printer is already printing concrete. As easy as we make a copy, as easy the TU/e seems to print a new bike bridge. BAM is placing the bridge in September in the Noord-Om of Gemert. With this, Eindhoven makes the world’s first 3D printed bridge of reinforced concrete. Talk about no bridge too far.   Marinus Schimmel, director of BAM gets very excited about the project. “We have a world first here. The bike bridge may be a small project, but look at the plane of the Wright brothers. It only flew thirty meters, it’s just a small thing, but it is the first step.” The new possibility to print concrete has advantages on several areas. “With 3D printing, you have more flexibility in the shape of the product. Besides, printing a bridge is also an incredibly efficient way of working. You need less concrete, but you don’t need formwork either, in which the concrete is usually poured. You only make exactly what you need. And everything you don’t make also doesn’t give CO2 emissions.” Besides printing concrete being more efficient and sustainable, it is also faster than the traditional construction. “You need much less people for it, basically, only one person has to keep an eye on the machine. If you...

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Expat Top 10: Susan Lambriks

For the second time, E52 organises the annual Expat Top-10. There are a lot of internationals in Eindhoven who have done a great job for the city, and by this, we put a spotlight on them. This year’s theme of the Top-10 is ‘Sport & Leisure’. Every day we present you an interview with one of the winners. In this interview, you can read about how they ended up in Eindhoven, how they put an effort in the city and how they look at the Eindhoven with their international perspective. Today: Susan Lambriks. Susan Lambriks Born in 1988 From Los Angeles, U.S.A. In Eindhoven since 2008, In Maarheeze since 2012 #1 on bucket list: “go on a memorable vacation with my children, husband and parents” As the wife of a Dutch man, Susan Lambriks knows what it is to immigrate to your spouse’s country. She also knows what it’s like to build up your social network in a country far away from home. That’s why she set up the International Spouse Program: a sports program where international spouses can meet each other, so they can build up their social network in Eindhoven. “I was always internationally oriented” But when you’re born in Los Angeles, how do you end up in a city as small as Eindhoven? “Los Angeles was already a melting pot of nationalities. I have always been...

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Expat Top 10: Arash Helmi

For the second time, E52 organises the annual Expat Top-10. There are a lot of internationals in Eindhoven who have done a great job for the city, and by this, we put a spotlight on them. This year’s theme of the Top-10 is ‘Sport & Leisure’. Every day we present you an interview with one of the winners. In this interview, you can read about how they ended up in Eindhoven, how they put an effort in the city and how they look at the Eindhoven with their international perspective. Today: Arash Helmi. Arash Helmi  Born in 1984 From Mashad, Iran In Eindhoven since 2012 #1 on bucket list: “Travel through all the countries in the world” When Arash Helmi moved to the Netherlands, something was missing for him. Therefore he started PARVAZ, a group dedicated to art, culture, music and human studies. In the beginning it was only about Persian culture, but now the group exists of more than twenty nationalities. They organise all kinds of events to learn about each other’s history. “Everything was nice but it’s still hard to start from zero” After Helmi finished his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in Iran, he wanted to go to the best technical university. “One of my professors also worked in Sweden. So through him I went abroad. Although I lived there for three and a half years,...

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Expat Top 10: Siva Ram Thadigotla

For the second time, E52 organises the annual Expat Top-10. There are a lot of internationals in Eindhoven who have done a great job for the city, and by this, we put a spotlight on them. This year’s theme of the Top-10 is ‘Sport & Leisure’. Every day we present you an interview with one of the winners. In this interview, you can read about how they ended up in Eindhoven, how they put an effort in the city and how they look at the Eindhoven with their international perspective. Today: Siva Ram Thadigotla. Siva Ram Thadigotla Born in 1978 From Kadapa, India In Eindhoven since 2007 #1 on bucket list: “organise an event for a good cause, with all Indian communities” He likes to be a busy man and he certainly is. Next to his job as business intelligence consultant, Siva Ram Thadigotla runs a restaurant and catering business, Lekker India, together with his wife. Besides these jobs, throughout the year he organises events for Indian communities in the Netherlands. “I thought I would never return to the Netherlands” The first time that Thadigotla set foot on Dutch ground was in 2005. “I already worked in India in IT. There I had a job at a company that worked for Philips. I came to the Netherlands to work on a three-month project. After this project, I thought I...

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