Peter van Dijk discusses design, preservation, tradition, and globalism. Van Dijk considers the city of Cleveland a meeting place of cultures, and its diverse cultural traditions have greatly impacted his work. The negotiation of the local and global is at the heart of his architectural philosophy, which was also inspired by his own life: a son of Dutch immigrants who was born in Indonesia, van Dijk made his way to America as a teenager by way of Venezuela. He became a US citizen in 1953. An award-winning architect and historical preservationist, van Dijk has had a major role in shaping some of Cleveland’s and the region’s most distinctive landmarks since 1961. At the heart of his practices lies a “strong obligation” to help “breathe new life into old buildings and preserve what is still useful and valuable for future generations to enjoy.” With his works, he also aims to increase a sense of community for the betterment and sustainability of Cleveland and surrounding areas. His architectural philosophy places emphasis on “the presence of complexities and contradictions of style,” by mixing old and new, traditional elements and global influences, as well as on community. This principle is exemplified by the Blossom Music Center, 1968, one of 2 the most desirable outdoor performance destinations in America.moreless
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