big Maaskant Prize
Journalist, author and presenter Tracy Metz is the winner of the Big Maaskant prize 2016. She has been awarded the prize for her multiple publications, activities and initiatives that she has undertaken since 1980.
With her activities Metz has repeatedly brought relevant and urgent issues and developments to the attention of both a general and a professional public. She makes a point of searching for connections between a variety of disciplines and subjects – and she finds them. Accessibility is a self-evident quality of Metz’ projects.
This special quality as a storyteller and interpreter of ideas on multiple levels and podiums appeals greatly to the jury. Especially since the profession stands to benefit from good analyses and the visibility of the value and the strength of design and designers’ approaches. The jury praises her talent for engaging a broad public in new developments in society and for making clear the added value of design and designers of the built and natural environment.
In addition to her work as the author of articles and books, she has initiated various other activities, such as the monthly live talkshow and digital magazine ‘Stadsleven’ (‘City Life’). Her articles have appeared in a number of professional publications, as well as in NRC Handelsblad, Het Parool, De Groene Amsterdammer and Architectural Record. Topical developments in the field of (inter)national architecture en spatial design are always central in her work, but she also writes regularly about photography, visual arts and design. With the book 'Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch’ (2012), Metz had a full hit. This book persuasively describes the new ways in which the Dutch are dealing with water and the threat it poses. In addition, she is the director of the John Adams Institute.
The jury hopes that this active and enterprising candidate can continue to demonstrate and expand the qualities and talents that the jury has praised for a long time to come, and on many other (international) levels.