How The Dutch Made Suburbia Cool

Cool meets canal in Ypenburg, the Netherlands.
January 16, 2004, 8am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Ypenburg, a piece of land sliced through with canals has been attracting international attention for its inventive blend of contemporary design, dences and decidedly urban in spirit, and the open community spaces and parkland often found in suburbs." Eye-catching building materials include green and blue polyruethane and red tile. Not all are wowed, however. The subdivision "is very clever and very witty" according to Dutch architect Mechthilde Stuhlmacher. But she describes the interior spaces as "very ordinary, very cheap."

Thanks to Mary Reynolds

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Published on Thursday, January 15, 2004 in The New York Times
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