Liberty to Life

By: Sage Bankasingh As of October 2020, Toronto had 124 active cranes, making it the city with the most cranes in North America. As a move towards a smarter city, a common trend seen in Toronto is the complete demolition and redevelopment of these neighbourhoods – which results in little to no preservation of historical spaces.   Some neighbourhoods are starting to defy this trend, and … Continue reading Liberty to Life

Spirituality, A Podcast for Renaissance Magazine

By: Naomi ‘t Hart Spirituality. It seems to be that people either dig it or loathe it. I was always on the more loathing side of the spectrum, but, since we have gone into our second year of the pandemic, I have become more receptive to anything that will give me some mental stability. I started reading up on different forms of spiritual and alternative … Continue reading Spirituality, A Podcast for Renaissance Magazine

From playing Sims to becoming Sims

By Cheyenne van Dreumel & Leroy Leijtens More and more we are blurring the lines between physical and digital realities. The world has been playing games like Sims for the past 21 years, could it be that we are becoming Sims ourselves? In May 2019, a dress by Dutch brand The Fabricant was sold for $9,500 during a blockchain conference. The only thing different about … Continue reading From playing Sims to becoming Sims

Life changing events: winning, not gaining

Winning over a hundred thousand euros and then giving it all away, is probably not what most of us will do. But for Frans Harinck (81) that decision wasn’t even a question.  Text by Thirza de Raad Frans Harinck has lived in the small town of Vrouwenpolder for over 30 years. Five years ago, he got called by his housekeeper, who told him the town … Continue reading Life changing events: winning, not gaining

Life changing events: from classroom to chemo

Ilya Klaassen was 18 when she found out she had Hodgkin disease: A form of cancer only young people around the age of 18 to 20 are diagnosed with. For Ilya this meant going from attending lectures to undergoing surgery and chemotherapy. Text by Lisanne van ‘t Riet, photos by Ramon Mebrahtu Ilya was starting her first year in Korean studies at the University of … Continue reading Life changing events: from classroom to chemo

The many faces of Amsterdam’s Red Light District

A photo series by Ingrid Godager and Iris Geerardyn It will come as no surprise that the Red Light District in Amsterdam is known for its prostitutes, but the area has so much more to offer. When you walk around the vibrant neighbourhood, you might just bump into a cute little store, a barber shop or a museum. This photo series sheds light on the … Continue reading The many faces of Amsterdam’s Red Light District

“I don’t think we’re safe anywhere”

By Ronny Taferner Even in liberal cities like London, homophobia is still a thing. According to London police the number of reported crimes against homosexuals had doubled over the last five years. Last year, more than 13.000 reports were made, the number of unreported crimes is expected to be much higher. Our reporter Ronny talked to Londoners to ask them how they experience homophobia and … Continue reading “I don’t think we’re safe anywhere”

Multiculturalism as a way of life: Bijlmer

Photograph of “I love Iran” sticker in the center of Bijlmer, by Salvador Nito Salvador Nito and Sebastian Aceves Far away from the bustling and iconic Amsterdam city center, a neighborhood located in Zuidoost thrives in multiculturality and breaths an air of its own. This is Bijlmermeer, also known as the shortened ‘Bijlmer’, an area that for long time has been associated with crime and … Continue reading Multiculturalism as a way of life: Bijlmer

“I have never seen so much involvement, everyone was talking about Brexit”

By Mathilde de Gooijer Like many Scots, Jay Paterson (36) voted ‘remain’ in the Brexit referendum. He was born and raised in Glasgow, but he now works as an information security engineer in Prague. When asked about propaganda in the Brexit campaign, he sighs: “it was all around, but to be honest, both sides were equally guilty.” In 2016, voters in the United Kingdom were … Continue reading “I have never seen so much involvement, everyone was talking about Brexit”