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Author: Pieter Hendrikse

Expats are swarming around the ‘For Sale’ signs

It doesn’t seem to stop anywhere: now it’s the fourth house in my immediate vicinity that has been sold in the past six months. At first, I thought it might have been my fault that one after the other leaves, but I don’t make that much noise anyway. ‘By age’, ‘going to something else’, divorce: all the arguments can be heard. But there is more to it than that. Because perhaps the most surprising thing is that all these houses were sold within three to four weeks after the ‘for sale’ sign appeared in the front yard. It looks like...

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Eindhoven, a city of (social) design, also after DDW

Pieter Hendrikse looks at Eindhoven “From De Hovenring”. He does so as a weekly columnist, both from his own expertise (education, social/cultural domain) and in a free role.   There is a gap between the innovation that buzzes through the city and the reality of many people ‘on the streets’, You can’t ignore it. In #040, the design happiness is unfolded from all sides again. Hotels are almost fully booked and the much-praised Volvo Design Rides allows you to take a tour. ABN AMRO is offering bicycles to stress environmental awareness these days. The streets are adorned with ‘designed’ banners on the...

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