A salesman of a floor system that came by our office claimed to be skeptical about traditional ways of cleaning floors. He recommends a mechanical method. According to him old school mopping actually is “painting with dirty water”.
Archive for March, 2009
It is prohibited to urinate in the Shower. A lavatory is available in the dressing rooms.
In the mid-1990s, police in New York started a ‘quality of life campaign’, designed to combat minor criminality. Graffiti and the traces of vandalism were removed and street refuse was cleaned up, all from the idea that a disorganized environment would encourage bad behavior. And it was a success – the figures for minor criminality dropped. However, there was no theoretical foundation or proof for the idea, also known as the Broken Window Theory.
This theoretical foundation and the proof has now been supplied by three researchers from the University of Groningen. The research is published this week in the scientific magazine Science. In a series of six experiments, they show that the degree to which norms and rules influence behavior varies per environment. This fits in with the sociological ‘Goal-framing theory’, which predicts that people are much less inclined to keep to norms and rules if the environment shows that others are breaking norms or rules. The research sends a clear message to policymakers, state the researchers: clean up the streets, remove graffiti and ensure that an environment demonstrates that norms and rules are being followed.
The negative effect of signs of norm-breaking behaviour has been revealed by experiments conducted by Kees Keizer, Prof. Siegwart Lindenberg and Dr Linda Steg, all members of the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The first experiment compared a situation where a wall in an alley was covered with graffiti with one where the wall was completely clean. In both cases a No Graffiti sign was hung on the wall. One afternoon an advertisement folder was attached to the handlebars of the bikes parked in the alley. In the situation with the graffiti-covered wall, 69 percent of the cyclists threw the folder onto the ground; this was only 33 percent with a clean wall.
That the negative effects of such an environment can also encourage more serious offenses such as stealing was revealed by an experiment with an envelope hanging half out of a letterbox. The window on the envelope clearly revealed that there was a five euro note inside. If there was graffiti on or around the letterbox, 27 percent of passers-by took the money, with no graffiti only 13 percent did so.
University of Groningen, RUG, November 21, 2008
More information: Kees Keizer
Sarah and Jung Hwa, as you know, in German KLETTERN means Climbing. In Dutch however it means falling…
Last week Johan Cavé, the founder of Mountain Network, invited us to his spectacular climbing venue “Tussen Hemel En Aarde”.
THEA, which translates as “in-between heaven and earth”, is constructed inside a former church that went ‘out of business’. Secularization and cultural shifts in the neighborhood caused the ‘downfall’ of the congregation. The St. Josephkerk was designed in 1941 by architects G.H.M Holt and K.P. Tholens and, since it was controversial, only realized in 1950. The building, that features elegant panels of natural stone in concrete framing had a capacity of 1100 people! The design was inspired by the early Christian basilica but was conceived in modern materials. It was the first church in the Netherlands that deployed concrete. In 1996 Hans Zandvliet turned the orthogonal masterpiece into a ‘cave’.
THEA, features 1200m2 of climbing wall with a maximum height of 13 meters and a total of 150 routes that vary in level from 3 to 8c. It is the place to be for both starters and for pros.
The St. Joseph was lucky to survive. Only recently a similar beauty, the Pius X by architect Jan van de Laan, was demolished. A evil act by a housing corporation and an alderman. May the Pagans burn in hell.
We got in touch with Johan Cavé when we were looking for someone that would be interested in running a climbing facility in Dordrecht. We proposed to ‘program’ the facade of a sports complex with a sculptural climbing wall for indoor and outdoor use. After winning the competition the client couldn’t find the right entrepreneur. So, if we still wanted to make our proposal work we actually had to contact potential organizations by ourselves. That is how we got in touch with the club that at that time went by the name of CAVE (brightly called after the owner!) Since then we’ve been in a rollercoaster ride together. After numerous versions of the ‘Sports Palace’, the building is finally under construction. And in better shape than ever! Right now we are feverish since we are involved in a competition for the decommissioned Silos of a former water treatment plant in Amsterdam. The cylinders can become the next level in indoor climbing. The winner will be announced mid April.