What ties do you have to Culver City?
In 2015 I moved with my husband from The Netherlands, Amsterdam to California, Culver City and we decided to stay. My husband works as Chief Curator for the Wende Museum which was one of the original reasons to move to Culver City. We love living in this sweet spot and both feel adapted and embraced by the community. Culver City makes it possible for us to live car-free, something we appreciate tremendously.
What experience or expertise do you have which qualifies you to serve on the GPAC?
I worked 19 years as an urban designer for the Planning Department of the City of Amsterdam. By working on two General Plans for Amsterdam I learned the importance and the impact of the process of updating itself. During this phase a collective story about the growth of the city can be developed that resonates with the majority of the citizens.
In the years I lived and worked in Amsterdam, I learned to see the city as a sponge: it can accommodate so much more than you would expect. More people within the same square footage leads to exponentially more encounters, exchanges of knowledge and ideas, it inspires and generates new work. Moreover, it sets better conditions for a sustainable life. One of the transitions I hope to see in Culver City is in the land-use: no longer one- dimensional but multi-purpose; on top of each other and in time; thinking in rhythms of the city.
What other resources (foreign language skill, participation in a local organization, practical skill, etc.) might you bring to enhance the quality of the General Plan process?
I am a member of the steering Committee of Bike Culver City
I have been a member of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
I have contributed to the subcommittee for Affordable Housing
What motivates you to participate in the General Plan process?
Culver City is transitioning into a strong urban center within Los Angeles. Now is the moment to discuss and figure out how to guide the transition, accommodate housing, work, and how to make the city inviting and sustainable. Updating the General Plan takes place at a tipping point in the development of Culver City. I am very honored to be asked to contribute to the story of the growth of Culver City. I will share best practices from Amsterdam and other European cities and look for ways to transfer ideas into the Californian setting.