Philippe Velez McIntyre , is a freelance photographer and social entrepreneur. Born in Paris, he grew up in Colombia and the United States. In the beginning of the eighties he moved back to Europe, first in Madrid and then in Paris. Since the early nineties he lives and works in Amsterdam.
In his work McIntyre combines an esthetical and ethical perspective while crossing artistic, social and political disciplines. He has been especially active in fields where nature and culture meet, like ecological architecture, sustainable food and agriculture, and urban city planning. Other fields of interest are public health and social wellbeing. His approach is at the same time educational and spiritual.
Philippe McIntyre can be reached at:
All Publications, photographs, books and objects on website are available via Boekie Woekie Books by Artists, Amsterdam, except when otherwise mentioned.
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“I would like to put forward the concept of the city as a ‘do-space’.
People will have to take centre stage again.
European inner cities have to change from
passive consumer spaces into active ‘do-areas’.
This means that public space in big cities
must be employed to develop workshops
(not festivals!) collectively, in which people
‘practise’ active citizenship. All kinds of
things can be discussed there and put on the
agenda and at the same time a strategy for
change can be developed, as an antidote to
the privatisation of public space. It appears
that in all the big cities of Europe and the US,
a large majority of young city-dwellers are all
in favour of Europe, in favour of democracy
and a just distribution of wealth. We have to
seriously start working with them. It’s always
a battle to shape a city, and it’s something
I like doing, too. Because cities aren’t about
comfort, relaxing with a cup of herbal tea in
a café with sustainable windows. Resistance
against neoliberal urban planning must come
from the cities themselves.”
excerpt ; from The City as Battleground
AN INTERVIEW WITH
TALK OF THE TOWN
Green European Journal, Winter Issue 2017
“Some who are fortunate enough to have communities still, do fight to keep them, but they have seldom prevailed. While people possess a community, they usually understand that they can’t afford to lose it; but after it is lost, gradually even the memory of what was lost is lost.”
“Free your mind of the idea of deserving, of the idea of earning, and you will begin to be able to think.”
_Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dispossessed
Quote from , “Debt the first 5,000 Years” , David Graeber