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Made-to-measure decals - About - True Doors - The story behind the door
True Doors are a simple idea with a big effect that improve the quality of life for people with dementia.

True Doors are made to measure decals with photos of actual doors. Residents at nursing homes select their own decals. As a result:

Residents recognise and find their own doors
Reminiscence and social interaction is stimulated
Facilities feel more like homes
Residents' identities and life stories are brought to the fore
doors  stickers  dementia  netherlands  elderly  life  identity 
3 days ago by sspela
Below the Surface - Archeologische vondsten Noord/Zuidlijn Amsterdam
Rivers in cities are unlikely archaeological sites. It is not often that a riverbed, let alone one in the middle of a city, is pumped dry and can be systematically examined. The excavations in the Amstel yielded a deluge of finds, some 700,000 in all: a vast array of objects, some broken, some whole, all jumbled together. Damrak and Rokin proved to be extremely rich sites on account of the waste that had been dumped in the river for centuries and the objects accidentally lost in the water. The enormous quantity, great variety and everyday nature of these material remains make them rare sources of urban history. The richly assorted collection covers a vast stretch of time, from long before the emergence of the city right up to the present day. The objects paint a multi-facetted picture of daily life in the city of Amsterdam. Every find is a frozen moment in time, connecting the past and the present. The picture they paint of their era is extremely detailed and yet entirely random due to the chance of objects or remains sinking down into the riverbed and being retrieved from there.
amsterdam  collections  history  netherlands  archeology 
june 2018 by sspela
If You Build It, the Dutch Will Pedal - The New York Times
"Cycling is like a piece of magic: it only has advantages."
utrecht  bikes  cycling  netherlands 
september 2017 by sspela
How Amsterdam’s Airport Is Fighting Noise Pollution With Land Art | Amusing Planet
The idea to engage a landscape artist to solve a technical problem was born out of an accident. In 2008, after a failed attempt to control noise, the Schiphol Airport officials discovered that after the arable land between the runway and the surrounding settlements were ploughed, the noise dropped.
airport  noise  amsterdam  netherlands  schiphol 
august 2017 by sspela
About flowerradar - Bloemenradar
This handy tool can help to inform you about the locations where the most beautiful fields are flowering. Do you want to know where you can admire these wonderful colourful spring bulbflowers, such as tulips, hyacinths and daffodils?
You can find out exactly there you need to go with and
The actually flowering fields are assessed on a daily basis to assist tourists in planning a route by foot or bicycle to visit the flowering fields. Should you make a photo yourself that you would like to share with others, you can upload it on to the flower radar too. Do this through and add the location it was taken. The photo should be no older than 2 days.
gis  flowers  tulips  netherlands 
may 2016 by sspela
Mama Agatha | A heart-warming documentary about letting go of the past and the freedom of riding a bicycle
Mama Agatha is a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman who runs a bicycle training program for migrant and refugee women in the south of Amsterdam. A ‘community mother’ with a larger-than-life personality, she teaches a group of women from Pakistan, Morocco, Somalia, China and elsewhere the most basic Dutch skill: cycling. Mama Agatha’s summer course ends in a colorful graduation ceremony where the migrant ladies receive their diplomas and take to the streets of Amsterdam on their brand new bicycles.
amsterdam  bikes  training  netherlands  cycling  learning  video  women 
august 2015 by sspela
De Letters van Utrecht
"One character per stone, one stone per week. Every Saturday a stone mason turns the next stone into the next Letter. In months words appear. With the years verses grow in the streets, extended by a different poet every few years. Through the centuries the line of the poem will itself draw letters on the map of the changing city."
holland  city  longnow  netherlands  utrecht  stone  letters  poetry 
april 2012 by sspela
How the Dutch got their cycle paths - YouTube
"The Netherlands is well known for its excellent cycling infrastructure. How did the Dutch get this network of bicycle paths?"
holland  infrastructure  environment  video  cycling  bikes  netherlands  transport 
january 2012 by sspela
Why are carrots orange? It is political «
They’re orange for entirely political reasons: in the 17th century, Dutch growers cultivated orange carrots as a tribute to William of Orange – who led the the struggle for Dutch independence – and the color stuck. A thousand years of yellow, white and purple carrot history, was wiped out in a generation.
orange  carrots  vegetables  food  politics  netherlands  holland  color 
september 2011 by sspela

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