I’m off to Amsterdam in a week, so there will be (on return) a lot to post.  But in preparation, here’s an item from Good:

The concrete block buildings that hold things like public toilets or electrical substations are pretty much never noted for their architectural beauty. One exception: certain public structures in Amsterdam transformed by Dutch designer Roeland Otten.

Otten covered some of the buildings in large-scale, high-resolution photographic prints, like the substation pictured above. The photographs carefully recreate the view of the neighborhood; someone walking by sees what they would have seen if the building wasn’t there.

Amsterdam camouflage

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Now would also be a very good time to recommend some must-see items for an urbanist in Amsterdam – off the tourist track.  Add your ideas in “Comments.”